Anthony Joshua Vs. Oleksandr Usyk II Winner Might Defend WBA Crown Against Robert Helenius
The winner of the rematch between Oleksander Usyk and Anthony Joshua is expected to take on Robert Helenius first before they can share the ring with WBC heavyweight king Tyson Fury.
Helenius marched on to his 31st career win against Adam Kownacki on October 9th in a WBA title eliminator on the undercard of the Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III card. His sixth-round knockout has earned him the WBA mandatory status.
In the rematch, Usyk is the favorite to beat AJ. They are likely to meet in early 2022 again.
As for Helenius, his manager Markus Sundman is eager to get the Nordic Nightmare his title fight against the winner of the Usyk vs Joshua showdown.
“Right now we are focused on the WBA mandatory position,” Helenius’ the manager told Sky Sports. “Robert fought a WBA elimination bout in March 2020 against Adam Kownacki, and he placed a stamp on that victory in the rematch on October 9.”
“Usyk should really be Robert’s next bout. There is no more deserving challenger in the WBA. Charr, Bryan, Dubois, are they more deserving? I think not.”
Helenius has a strong chin and can absorb a barrage of punches. In his last fight, he showed that his conditioning is on point as well.