Roach furious about Helenius split decision over Chisora
By Jason Kim: Freddie Roach, working as a commentator for Saturday’s fight between heavyweight contenders Robert Helenius (17-0, 11 KO’s) and Dereck Chisora (15-2, 9 KO’s), was furious at seeing Helenius what Roach felt was a decision he didn’t deserve to win tonight. Helenius defeated Chisora by a 12 round split decision at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, winning by the scores of 115-113 for Helenius, 115-113 for Chisora and 115-113 for Helenius.
This was a home fight for Helenius and he had the crowd on his side the entire fight. However, Helenius didn’t look like the winner and certainly fight like he had won. Helenius was helpless against Chisora’s body attack and had no power in his punches. It was later stated that Helenius may have injured his right hand in the 1st round. Without x-rays to prove this as fact, you have to see it as an excuse to try and cover up a poor performance by Helenius.
Roach was livid about the decision, and saw Chisora as the winner of the fight. Roach didn’t like the excuse making afterwards from Helenius about the hand injury. Roach wants to see Chisora and Helenius fight one more time, except in Chisora’s home country of the Britain instead of Finland. However, it’s doubtful that Helenius’s German handlers will go for the idea of a rematch, and they most definitely won’t want any part of fighting Chisora in England, not now that Helenius is the EBU champion. He can call the shots and even if there was a rematch, we’d be looking at replay of another controversial decision with Helenius winning.