Robert Helenius Calls To Be Mandatory Challenger To WBA Heavyweight Champ Oleksandr Usyk
Robert Helenius has already called next for a shot at the heavyweight title.
Helenius (31-3) has placed the WBA on notice to make him the mandatory challenger to current WBA champion Oleksandr Usyk.
“Right now we are waiting for a formal response from the WBA, this is my first priority,” Helenius told Sky Sports.
“My lawyer has notified WBA in writing, I’ve paid sanctioning fees, and there is no more deserving contender to fight Usyk in the WBA than me. I fully expect to be officially named mandatory. I’ve earned it and I will fight outside the ring as hard as I fight inside the ring for my opportunity.”
Helenius is coming off back-to-back wins over Adam Kownacki. The rematch was a WBA eliminator, which would place Helenius as the next person for Usyk.
However, Usyk is tied up in a contracted second fight against Anthony Joshua, who he scored an upset victory against in September, claiming the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts.
Usyk is only missing one from becoming the undisputed champion, which brings WBC heavyweight Tyson Fury into the picture. Fury is scheduled to have purse bid on January 18 for his ordered fight against interim champion Dillian Whyte.
Helenius has been named as a potential opponent for Fury, but talks seems to have progressed for Fury-Whyte.
“I leave the business side to my manager Markus Sundman and our advisor Mike Borao – whoever comes, Usyk, Fury, anyone, I will be ready. I feel better now than ever in my career. I will win a world title,” Helenius said.