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'Go in there and put this guy to sleep' - Says Derek Chisora to Anthony Joshua Prior Joshua vs Helenius Showdown

While a lucrative bout with Deontay Wilder might be on the horizon for Anthony Joshua, he can’t overlook the challenge presented by the sudden substitute, Robert Helenius, for Joshua vs Helenius bout, this Saturday night.

Yet, another fighter on the undercard at the O2 Arena has a different take. He suggests Joshua should aim for a swift conclusion to the Joshua vs Helenius bout.

In a recent chat with Matchroom Boxing, Derek Chisora voiced that Joshua will face criticism if he doesn’t dominate Helenius within the initial rounds. He hoped that Joshua catches wind of this. If he doesn’t secure a knockout within the first three rounds, it’ll raise eyebrows. He should aim to finish this in the early rounds, letting everyone head home earlier.

Chisora further emphasized, He shouldn’t be using this match for practice. He should swiftly finish it. In his bout with Franklin, he was more explorative, but now the audience wants assertiveness.

“Listen, I hope ‘AJ’ sees this. If he doesn’t knock this guy out in three rounds, it’s going to be embarrassing. He needs to knock this guy out in one, two or three. So we can have an early night and go home.”

“I don’t want him to try and learn or anything. Go in there and put this guy to sleep. With Franklin he was learning and getting his shots off.”

“The public need that from him. He doesn’t need it, the fans need it.”

Joshua was set to have a rematch with his well-known competitor, Dillian Whyte. However, due to discrepancies in Whyte’s VADA test results, he had to step back. Fortunately for the fans, Helenius stepped in on short notice, ensuring the event continues, and providing Joshua with another opportunity to work with his new coach, Derrick James.

It’s interesting to note that ‘The Nordic Nightmare’, Helenius, recently had a casual bout in Finland. However, his most notable recent match was a loss to Wilder in October 2022, where he was defeated in the first round.

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