Robert Helenius: "A lot of fighters simply fear his punching power"Written by Lee Cleveland
Top 10 heavyweight Robert Helenius (17-0, 11KO) returns to action after a near year hiatus in Helsinki on November 10.
Apparently, Team Sauerland sports director Hagen Doering is close to confirming an opponent but the process of finding a suitable foe hasn't been simple.
"It´s not easy to find somebody who wants to get in the ring with Robert," he said. "A lot of fighters simply fear his punching power. We are looking at several options and we are close to signing a deal."
The 6'6½"/200cm Finnish boxer last fought on December 3rd, claiming the vacant European Heavyweight title in controversial circumstances with a split decision over Britain's Dereck Chisora (then 15-1, 9 KO). However, Team Helenius believes an injured shoulder hindered him from achieving maximum effort that night, and after some time off, Robert Helenius insists he's back in top form and ready to rumble.
"It´s great to be fighting again, my shoulder has healed well and I am perfectly fit," Helenius said. "I am thrilled that my comeback will take place in Helsinki. The support was fantastic last time."
"Injuries are part of the game, there is nothing you can do about it, you just have to keep up your determination and continue to work hard," Helenius stated. "That´s what I did. And now I am ready for my comeback. I don´t care who I will be fighting, I am a professional who wants to be the best in the world, so I have to beat anybody at any time."
"Robert has to prove something after his injury break and I expect him to master this test in style," said promoter Nisse Sauerland.
The hard-punching Helenius, who debuted in 2008, owns impressive knockout wins over tough guys Sergei Liakhovich, Sam Peter, Attila Levin and Lamon Brewster.
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