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Helenius back in training, could be fighting by the end of the year

Robert HeleniusBy Allan Fox: #6 WBO, #9 WBA heavyweight contender Robert Helenius (17-0, 11 KO’s) is back in the gym training after months of recover from shoulder surgery on his right shoulder following a controversial 12 round split decision victory over Britain’s Dereck Chisora last December in Helsinki, Finland.

The 6’6″ Helenius’s promoter Chris Meyer of Sauerland Event said to Dan Rafael of ESPN “As for now his shoulder is holding up and there is a specific fight in the works.”

It’s still unclear, however, if Helenius’ right shoulder will ever be the same, and without that he won’t likely go far. Helenius’ right hand was only weapon he had going for him, and if you take that away all you’ve got is a tall fighter that can’t fight on the inside and has a weak jab and left hook. Helenius’ right hand was pretty much all he had going for him, and without he’s going to likely struggle.

Before Helenius injured his right shoulder, he had nice wins over guys like Samuel Peter, Lamon Brewster and Sergiy Liakhovich. In other words, Helenius beat a small handful of fighters that are past their prime. He never did beat a real opponent and you really can’t call his win over Chisora much of a victory because it appeared that Helenius lost that fight. Of course, you can explain that poor performance on his shoulder injury, but the way that Chisora was forcing Helenius to fight on the inside all night long, the outcome likely would have been the same even with Helenius fighting with a healthy shoulder.

Helenius’ injury wiped out at least two good fights for him, and it would have been nice to see how he would have done against the likes of Kubrat Pulev and Alexander Dimitrenko.

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