'It's My Golden Ticket' - says Robert Helenius Prior Joshua vs Helenius Showdown
Robert Helenius is new opponent of Anthony Joshua for Joshua vs Helenius bout. He is confident he can make waves in the heavyweight division by causing an upset against Anthony Joshua (25-3, 22 KOs) this upcoming Saturday. A loss for Joshua could derail his scheduled bout with Deontay Wilder, slated for January in Saudi Arabia.
However, promoter Eddie Hearn reveals that negotiations with Agit Kabayel fell through due to his high financial demands. If Helenius manage to knock out Joshua in Joshua vs Helenius showdown, Hearn might regret not securing Kabayel.
Helenius steps in with just one week’s notice to replace Dillian Whyte as Joshua’s opponent in front of 20,000 fans at London’s O2 Arena. Despite his limited preparation for Joshua’s fighting style, Helenius remains confident about their twelve-round clash, which will be aired on DAZN. While Joshua boasts superior hand speed and an impressive amateur background, most boxing enthusiasts believe these attributes will heavily influence the match.
Helenius’ recent performance saw him defeating Mika Mielonen (6-1, 6 KOs) in Finland, albeit against an inexperienced opponent. He demonstrated a deliberate approach, focusing on power shots rather than jabs as he moved forward.
“That’s my plan, and that’s why I’m here.”
“This means everything because I’ve been chasing world champion for fifteen years. I’ve not gotten there. I’ve had some injuries here and there. I’ve gotten big fights. In 2009, I knocked out Samuel Peter, Lamon Brewster, and Siarhei Liakhovich, but I’ve had a bad injury and have been long away.”
“I’ve been in this game for a long time, and I think this is my golden ticket. Derek Chisora is going to be surprised. I’m going to beat Anthony Joshua on Saturday night.”
You can overlook Chisora’s predictions because Joshua is his friend, so he’s obviously biased. However, common sense would tell you that this is Joshua’s fight to lose.
“He’s a good guy, and he has his heart in the right place, and I have much respect for him. The fight didn’t go well for me. I’d been training for that fight for one year, but this is boxing, and this stuff happens.
“I hope to redeem myself and show my worth. It’s going to be a really, really good fight. I’ve been training really hard. It’s going to be fireworks and glorious.”