As early as the beginning of 2020, Robert Helenius (31-3, 20 KO) was somewhat forgotten as once great heavyweight potential. The former European champion suffered defeats when he needed victories the most, but he kept his name.
He remained a boxer who can still be used to build some greater potential, and that was Adam Kownacki at the beginning of that year. At the moment the undefeated Pole and Top 10 heavyweight of the world according to BoxRec.
Kownacki took the match against Helenius to further improve his resume before a possible attack on the world title, but today the 38-year-old Finn surprised him by knocking him out in the fourth round of their match. As proof that this was no accident, Helenius defeated him once again last year, this time finishing the job in the sixth round.
Helenius took away the WBA gold belt from the Pole in the first match, which should make him an obligatory challenger of that organization, and he is currently in the phase that he wants to legally fight for that status.
"We are currently waiting for an official response from the WBA and that is my priority." "My lawyer wrote to them, I paid everything I needed and simply the WBA has no better challenger for Usyk than I am."
"I expect to be officially named a mandatory challenger soon. , and now I will fight outside the ring as long as it takes to get my chance in the ring as well, ”Helenius told Sky Sports. Here we come to what we have been writing about for some time.
If a match is held for the absolute world champion, there will be four mandatory challengers. It seems that the WBA could declare Helenius as such, the IBF will probably get its way through the winner of the match Hrgović and Yoka, the WBC's current Dillian Whyte, but he is working on the match against Fury in March, while in the WBO organization Joe Joyce is in the best situation.
Robert Helenius on Tyson Fury
Whoever is “mandatory,” only one can get a chance to enter the ring, at least as the first in line. Helenius could still play a very strong match in the meantime. If the clash between Fury and Whyte is canceled, he is mentioned as one of the two main candidates for the clash against the "Gipsy King" and of course, it is a match he would not refuse, regardless of whether he holds the WBC title or not.
"Bob Arum mentioned my name as a possible opponent of Tyson Fury in March. Of course, I would accept that and beat Fury. He looked great against Deontay Wilder, but he would find a much less favorable style against me."
"I would knock Fury out. "He is an easier style for me than Usyk for sure." "But I leave the job to my manager. Usyk, Fury, I don't really care, I'll be ready. I've never felt better in my career and I'll win the world title ", he confidently asked for the biggest fight of his career.