One step closer to fighting for a world title, Robert Helenius is patiently waiting for his next challenge. He believes another win will result in the ultimate opportunity he has been craving for.
Helenius (30-3) beat Adam Kownacki inside the Barclays Center back in March. It was one of the last big events before the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports. As a result, the Swedish-born star won the WBA (Gold) Heavyweight Title and moved up in the WBA rankings. Regarding what/who will be next for him, “The Nordic Nightmare” spoke to Sky Sports about what is currently being planned.
“I think they are going [into] that discussion now with PBC for the final eliminator fight,” Helenius stated. “I hope they are planning to do that.”
During his fight with Kownacki, Helenius gave it his all in the second round to make it competitive. He started tagging Kownacki in the third, and in the fourth round, he knocked Kownacki to the floor. A barrage of punches later and the referee called the fight off.
Helenius was a man of his word in a FIGHT SPORTS exclusive when he said he would counter-punch Kownacki and stick and move around the ring. As a result, Helenius won his second fight in a row and is now 5-1 in his last six. He is ready for WBA Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua but realizes other challengers are right there with him. Would Helenius face former champion Andy Ruiz Jr. or Luis Ortiz, top-ranked fighters according to the WBA?
“Of course. I think anybody,” Helenius went on to say. “I have to win every fight to get to a world championship fight, so I’m ready for anybody.”
Currently, Joshua is set to face off against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev. The two were scheduled to fight in June but the bout was postponed due to the coronavirus. As of now, the two are rumored to clash sometime in November. Joshua has agreed in principle to face Tyson Fury but the WBO might be planning a bout with the winner v. Oleksandr Usyk next.
As far as picking a winner for Joshua v. Pulev, Helenius pointed out that both have different styles. He is looking to come to England to spar, and perhaps to keep an eye on the competition.