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Kekalainen and Laine added to Helenius-Chisora undercard ahead of Finnish title fight

Henri Kekalainen (9-3, 4 KOs) and Timo Laine (19-8, 5 KOs) have been added to the undercard of the WBC Silver World Heavyweight title fight between Robert Helenius and Dereck Chisora on May 27 at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki.

Having already agreed terms for a Finnish title fight later this year, Kekalainen and Laine will both face tough international opposition as part of a huge night of boxing action, which also features rising stars Tomi Honka and Matti Koota.

‘’It’s great to finally be returning to the ring after an eight month lay off,’’ said Kekalainen, the 25 year-old from Kemi. ‘’Since my last fight, we’ve put a huge amount of work into in fighting and combination punching, and on May 27, you will see a new and improved Henri Kekalainen in the ring!’’

‘’People still remember the war I had with Ahmed Rifaie at the last Team Sauerland show in Finland back in 2012,’’ said Laine, the 32 year-old from Helsinki. ‘’It will be war again on May 27, but this time, my hand will be raised.’’

Both men must come through victorious on May 27 to keep their Finnish title fight alive, and while fully focused on the task at hand, the domestic rivals did have some choice words for one another.

‘’I must admit, I’m shocked that Timo Laine and his team had the courage to take up this challenge,’’ said Kekalainen. ‘’One things for sure, when we fight, the Finnish title will be mine!’’

‘’Guys from the North of Finland always have had loud mouths, but I am the one with two Finnish belts already,’’ said Laine. ‘’He talks the talk, I walk the walk!’’

Tickets for the WBC Silver World Heavyweight title rematch between Robert Helenius and Dereck Chisora are available via www.ticketmaster.fi or by calling (+358) 0600 10 800.

Koota meets tough Ugandan Igga on May 27 in Helsinki

Matti Koota (1-0-1, 1 KO) will face Remmy Igga (11-4, 5 KOs) in a six-round featherweight contest on May 27 at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland.

The Finnish fan favourite meets Igga in his third professional bout on the undercard of the WBC Silver World Heavyweight title clash between Robert Helenius and Dereck Chisora.

Koota, a former three-time national amateur champion and 2008 Youth Amateur Championship bronze medallist, was left frustrated when his last fight ended a technical draw after an accidental clash of heads, but having put this disappointment behind him, the 26 year-old is eager to get back to winning ways against the tough Ugandan.

‘’I’ve only got one thing to say about this fight. I promised not to fight any bums and this is no bum,’’ he said. ‘’Remmy Igga is a very experienced fighter with a good winning record. However, he ain’t going to be a winner in Helsinki!’’

Koota versus Igga is the latest fight confirmed for a huge night of action on May 27 at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki featuring the hotly anticipated heavyweight rematch between Robert Helenius and Dereck Chisiroa, plus Finnish rivals Henri Kekalainen and Timo Laine, and rising cruiserweight star Tomi Honka.

Tickets for the WBC Silver World Heavyweight title rematch between Robert Helenius and Dereck Chisora are available via www.ticketmaster.fi or by calling (+358) 0600 10 800.




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