Robert Helenius has emphasized many times so far that he is extremely cautious before the match with Anthony Joshua. Although many doubt the qualities of the Finn, Helenius does not look back, considering that his career is really impressive and a confirmation that he is a quality boxer.
Helenius will enter the match as a replacement for Dillian Whyte, who lost his right to perform after a positive drug test. In an interview with the media, Helenius revealed what he expects from his opponent. It is obvious that Joshua has changed a lot by looking at the complete picture.
The Briton worked a lot after the last defeat. His goal is to improve his form and show that he is one of the best heavyweights. “I respect him a lot,” Helenius told DAZN, as quoted by boxingscene. “Of course, I think he’s a little bit gun-shy from his earlier fights.
Or I don’t know if it’s gun-shyness anymore. I think it’s more of his change in his technique with a new trainer. And they’re making him [make] more movements, more checking around, not going in aggressively, like he did in the beginning of his career.
So, he’s grown as a boxer as well. … I respect him tremendously, and I’m gonna have to be a hundred percent [there mentally] to get this win”.
The most important thing is that Helenius has respect for his opponent.
Joshua has shown countless times in his career that he possesses quality. It seems that he has lost a lot of self-confidence lately, but we have no doubt that he has been working on that as well. Helenius also answered the reporter's question; Does he think that the only way to beat Joshua is by knockout? “I don’t think so, no,” Helenius said.
“I don’t think so. I have to be active and then explosive and elusive. Really, movement, speed is gonna be key”.
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