Sauerland Promotions have confirmed that Finland’s Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (24-1, 15 early) will meet London’s Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (26-7, 18 KOs) at Helsinki’s Hartwaal Arena on May 27, the WBC’s Silver heavyweight title will be on the line.
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The two men met in the same arena in 2011, a contentious split decision win for Helenius, and both have had mixed fortunes since that night. Chisora has lost to Vitali Klitschko (L 12), David Haye (TKO 5), Tyson Fury (RTD 10) and Kubrat Pulev (L SD 12) since then as well as posting wins over the likes of then-undefeated Malick Scott (TKO 6) and Edmund Gerber (TKO 5). In his last outing he was on the end of a narrow, contentious split decision loss to domestic rival Dillian Whyte.
Helenius has had a staccato run of fights due to injuries; he was inactive during 2014 and lost for the first time when meeting Johann Duhaupas in April of last year (KO 6). Both men are at a crossroad in their respective careers and a win could kickstart one last title run for the victor.
“Chisora is a good fighter and I’m expecting a tough fight, but I’m very confident I will win,” said the 33 year-old Helenius. “Before our first match, I injured my right shoulder and had to fight for twelve-rounds with just one arm. If I was able to beat him with one arm, I don’t see any problems beating him when I have two.
“I am in great shape now, and I feel stronger than ever. It’s been a long road back since my shoulder operation, and I’ve been waiting a long time for an opportunity like this. I believe I am ready, and after I beat Chisora, I will be in a good position to challenge for the World title.”
“I’m looking forward to going back to Helsinki and putting on another great show for the fans,” said Chisora. “It’s a beautiful city with a lot of beautiful people. We had a lot of fun last time, and everyone knows who really won that fight. He can make all the excuses he wants, but that won’t help him on May 27.
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“I feel like this is my time, I’m in my prime, and I can’t wait. I might be relaxed now, but when I leave London, I’m going to war. When I get on that flight I become a different person. Mr. Nice Guy is gone. It brings the vicious side out in me, and he’d better be ready!”
“We’re delighted to be bringing this huge heavyweight attraction to Helsinki,” said promoter Nisse Sauerland. “The first fight between Robert and Dereck was something special, and this promises to be even better. They’ve got unfinished business, and on May 27, they’ve finally got the chance to settle the score.”
Tickets for the WBC Silver World Heavyweight Championship clash between Robert Helenius and Dereck Chisora will go on sale Monday, March 27 at 9.00 (EET) and are available online via www.ticketmaster.fi or by calling the ticket hotline on 0600 10 800.
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