Helenius on Kownacki: ‘He Chose The Wrong Opponent’

Fighting inside the United States for only the second time in his career, Robert Helenius is looking to establish himself as a true contender within the heavyweight divison. In his way is standout power-puncher Adam Kownacki.

Both will face off inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on March 7. This will be a heavyweight title eliminator, as the winner could become the next mandatory challenger for the WBA Championship, currently held by Anthony Joshua. For Helenius (29-3), the next few months for him could be one to never forget.

The man with 18 knockout-wins is aiming to become one of the top Finnish stars in the world, and one to hold a world title. He won his last bout against Mateus Roberto Osorio back in November. It was a rebound win following a KO-loss to Gerald Washington back in July. Helenius is 4-2 in his last six fights.

“This is the fight I have been waiting for,” said Helenius. “All of the years of training and fighting will pay off when we fight on March 7. Kownacki is about to feel the strength of Thor’s hammer.”

Kownacki (20-0), will be fighting inside the Barclays Center for the tenth time in his career, and for the fifth time in a row. His last bout was a unanimous decision win over Chris Arreola for the IBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight Title. It was a bout that broke the CompuBox heavyweight record for most combined punches thrown (2,172) and landed (667). Helenius does not care about Kownacki’s history, and believes the spotlight will about to turn off on the Polish star.

“I respect him for taking this fight, but he chose the wrong opponent,” Helenius went on to say. “This is not going to be a fight; it’s going to be a war. I will be the last man standing.”

FIGHT SPORTS has secured the NORDIC broadcasting rights to Kownacki v. Helenius. The area is one of 40 countries FIGHT SPORTS has the rights for, including the MENA region. 

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