Top-level heavyweight contender and former European Heavyweight Champion Robert Helenius (17-0, 11 KO) is scheduled to return to the ring on November 10 in Helsinki, Finland, according to a report from a Finnish Broadcasting Company.
It will mark Helenius' first bout in 11 months.
His opponent has not yet been confirmed.
On December 3, 2011, Robert Helenius won the vacant European Championship title (EBU) by beating Brit Dereck Chisora via a split decision in Helsinki, Finland. The decision was hotly criticized by fans and the media as the more aggressive Chisorsa appeared to outbox, out-slug and out-hustle the sluggish-looking Finn in at least 9 of the 12 rounds.
After the bout, Helenius claimed he'd injured his right arm in the first round. Although a fracture was later found, it was allegedly considered minor.
However, after Helenius' right shoulder was examined, it was learned the 6'6½″/200 cm heavyweight snapped a ligament as a result of hard fall while running. The initial prognosis for a successful return to boxing was poor because other ligaments were apparently damaged too so parts of his collarbone would need reconstruction.
Despite the less-than-optimistic prognosis, the Finnish Slugger remained optimistic, asserting he'd be back. "I am extremely motivated to get back to the ring", Helenius told YLE.
Robert Helenius made his pro debut in 2008 and owns impressive knockout wins over Sergei Liakhovich, Sam Peter, Attila Levin and Lamon Brewster.
Will Helenius, touted by some as a possible heir to the Klitschkos' reign, be hampered by any after-effects from his injury?
Robert Helenius Facts
- Nationality: Finnish
- Age: 28
- Pro Record: 17-0, 11 KO
- Amateur Record: 105-38-1, 51 KO
- Promoter: Sauerland
- Trainer: Ulli Wegner
- Stance: Orthodox
- BoxRec Heavyweight Rank: 9
- RING Magazine Rank: 6