Helenius and Chisora’s EBU title fight to support Povetkin’s WBA defence against Boswell

14 Nov

Ibrahim Harb – Birmingham

Stocky British heavyweight Dereck Chisora will challenge for the vacant EBU title on Saturday, December 3, against well-ranked and undefeated Finnish fighter Robert Helenius at the Helsingforsarenan aka the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki. The dust-up provides solid undercard support to the main event between Aleksandr Povetkin and Cedric Boswell in what will be the Russian’s first defence of his ‘Regular’ WBA heavyweight world championship.

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Helenius already has a number of notable scalps on his resume. Credit: Pasi

Prominent British fight promoter Frank Warren may polarise opinion but his Sports Network firm have been at the forefront of propelling a defeated fighter back to immediate limelight once again.

Earlier in the summer, super middleweight James DeGale dropped a competitive decision to rival George Groves in a tactical encounter, however, Warren maneuvered DeGale from defeat and into an EBU title shot against Piotr Wilczewski – a bout he was triumphant in, in October.

And, like DeGale, Chisora (15-1-0, 9ko) lost via points to his main rival – Tyson Fury, in July, however, Warren has overseen Chisora’s return to the big time by ensuring he landed a shot at the currently vacant blue belt against respected contender Helenius (pictured above).

Under EBU ruling, a fighter cannot challenge for their blue belt if they were defeated in their most recent fight. DeGale got around this with the loophole that it was a very tight fight and, on some scribes cards (including On The Beak‘s here), the west Londoner was perhaps deserving of a better result – either the draw, or a win.

Chisora, meanwhile, beat Remigijus Ziausys over six threes on November 11 in what was perceived to be a ‘tune-up’ for Helenius (16-0-0, 11ko).

The Finn has stormed through considerable opposition in the heavyweight division thus far. Despite only turning professional in 2008, he has already registered wins over Gregory Tony, Samuel Peter and, most recently, Siarhei Liakhovich. Should he succeed over Chisora, also, then he perhaps makes a case for consideration for the prospect of the year award.

The main event sees Aleksandr Povetkin box Cedric Boswell. Povetkin, trained by notable New Yorker Teddy Atlas, overcame Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA heavyweight championship of the world in August. The title was formerly held by David Haye, yet because of unified WBO/IBF heavyweight titlist Wladimir Klitschko’s successful annexation of the belt, the WBA promoted Wlad to their ‘Super’ champion, thereby rendering the ‘Regular’ version of their world title vacant.

The fight has already sold big numbers. Before Helenius’ opponent was even announced, 7,000 tickets had been purchased for an arena that can seat between 12,000 and 15,000 for sporting events.

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