Weights: Helenius 249.3, Williams 265.9
(Picture credit: Seppo Sirkka, Eastpress.fi) By Jim Dower: Unbeaten heavyweight Robert Helenius (17-0, 11 KO’s) may be getting a lucky break by his opponent Sherman Williams (35-11-2, 19 KO’s) coming in looking heavy during Friday’s weigh-in for their fight on Saturday night at the Ice Hall, in Helsinki, Finland. The 40-year-old Williams weighed in at 265.9 pounds, which is high for the 5’11” Williams.
In fact, it’s a career high for Williams and that could be an indication that Williams didn’t train as hard for this fight as he could. An in shape Williams might be a handful for Helenius, as he was more or less exposed as having no inside fighting ability in his last fight against Dereck Chisora last year in December.
Helenius weighed in at 249.3, and that’s a little heavy for him. Helenius has been out of action for 11 months and that could help explain why he’s 10 pounds heavier than he was for his last fight. Helenius always looks like he’s out of shape, because he’s got a body that doesn’t really look an athlete. He usually has a slight pot belly and his arms, chest and back are slender without a lot of muscle. It looks kind of odd at times and you wonder how Helenius packs such a punch, but it’s obviously from leverage he gets on his shots. At 6’6″, Helenius is able to put his body into his shots and generate a lot of power that way rather than from nonexistent muscles.
Williams has fought three consecutive well known fighters, beating Chauncy Welliver last June, fighting to a 3rd round no contest with Evander Holyfield in January of last year, and then losing a 10 round unanimous decision to Manuel Charr in September 2009. That’s three fights in three years. Williams obviously needs to be a lot busier than he’s been because that’s not being active enough. Surprisingly, he still looked good in his last fight against Welliver and if he’s able to fight at that level tomorrow night he could pull off an upset win unless Helenius gets another controversial victory like in his last fight against Chisora.
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