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Helenius faces Sherman Williams tomorrow night in Helsinki

Robert Helenius(Picture: Seppo Sirkka, By Jason Kim: Unbeaten heavyweight Robert Helenius (17-0, 11 KO’s) will be fighting for the first time in 11 months in facing 40-year-old journeyman Sherman “Tank” Williams (35-11-2, 19 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round bout at the Ice Hall, Helsinki, Finland.

Helenius, 28, has shoulder surgery on his right shoulder following a questionable win over Dereck Chisora last December. The 6’6″ Helenius is finally ready to fight and his management team have picked a solid test for him in the hard hitting Williams. This could potentially be a lot tougher fight than Helenius and his team may have expected it to be if Helenius can’t take Williams out at some point in the fight.

If Williams is able to get into the second half of the fight with Helenius he’s going to really test his chin and his stamina. Helenius didn’t look good in the Chisora fight, and seemed to fade in the second half of their bout. Chisora completely took over the fight and gave Helenius a beating.

Not too many boxing fans agreed with the decision that was handed down in that fight. But whatever the case Helenius is going to have to be able to fight better than that on Saturday night because Williams hits just as hard as Chisora, and is coming off of a huge upset of heavyweight contender Chauncy Welliver last June in China.

Before his shoulder surgery, Helenius had excellent power in his right hand. That was his money punch, and it’s going to be interesting to see if he still has that power. If not, Helenius will struggle against Williams. He needs that right hand to win because Helenius’s jab and left hand aren’t that special. He’s just a tall guy with a good right and not much else. He’s a lot like heavyweight Mariusz Wach in that respect.

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