Helenius-Chisora & Povetkin-Boswell this Saturday night
By William Mackay: In a fight that promises fireworks this Saturday night on December 3rd, unbeaten heavyweight contender Robert Helenius (16-0, 11 KO’s) faces a stiff test against former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora (15-1, 9 KO’s) in a bout for the vacant European Boxing Union (EBU) heavyweight title at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland.
Also on the card will be WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (22-0, 15 KO’s) making his first defense of his recently won title against 43-year-old No.14 ranked contender Cedric Boswell (35-1, 26 KO’s) in a title milking first defense. Normally a card that has a heavyweight champion defending his title has most of the attention on that fight instead of the undercard bouts, but the Povetkin-Boswell fight is so bad that boxing fans are pretty much completely ignoring it and focusing on the much more interesting fight between Helenius and Chisora.
Povetkin is considered a paper champion in the minds of many, which makes it even worse that he’s decided to take one of the lowest ranked contenders from the WBA top 15 rather than a more serious threat.
Helenius, 27, is being groomed for a title shot against one of the Klitschko brothers in either 2012 or 2013. His management hasn’t been in a big hurry to throw the 6’6 ½” Helenius in with the Klitschkos thus far because he’s not very fast and his boxing skills are no match for either of the Klitschkos.
The best bet is for Helenius to get matched up against one of the brothers once they start showing signs of wear in a year or two. Until then, Helenius has to prove that he can beat the fringe contenders like Chisora, who probably wouldn’t have gotten this fight if he hadn’t been beaten by Tyson Fury by a 12 round decision last July.
Chisora was fat and out of shape for that fight. It’s unclear what gave Chisora the idea to put on 20 pounds of fat and fight Fury at 260, but whatever case, Chisora has now taken the weight off and was in good shape at 241 for his last bout against Remigijiu Ziausys earlier this month.