Robert Helenius

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Robert Helenius
Robert Helenius.jpg
Helenius in November 2010
Born Robert Gabriel Helenius
(1984-01-02) January 2, 1984 (age 30)
Stockholm, Sweden
Other names The Nordic Nightmare,
Nationality Finland Finnish
Height 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)
Division Heavyweight
Reach 201 cm (79 in)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Berlin, Germany
Team Sauerland
Trainer Karl Helenius
Years active 6 (2008–present)
Professional boxing record
Total 19
Wins 19
By knockout 11
Losses 0
Amateur boxing record
Total 144
Wins 105
By knockout 51
Losses 38
Draws 1
Other information
Boxing record from Boxrec
last updated on: December 4, 2011
Robert Helenius
Medal record
Competitor for  Finland
Men's Boxing
European Amateur Championships
Silver 2006 Plovdiv Super Heavyweight

Robert Gabriel Helenius (born January 2, 1984, in Stockholm), nicknamed The Nordic Nightmare, is a Finnish professional boxer.

Amateur career[edit]

Helenius began training in boxing just at age of 5 under his father. He won the bronze medal in 2000 at the European "cadets" (U 17) championships in Patras; he lost to Croatian Mario Preskar. In 2001 at the Junior European Championships in Sarajevo he earned another bronze, losing to hard-hitting Russian Islam Timurziev.

In 2005 at Mianyang Helenius beat David Price on points but then lost to Rustam Saidov.

2006, however, was his breakthrough year. At the 2006 European Amateur Boxing Championships in Plovdiv he finished second, again beaten by Timurziev, this time on points. By this time all of Helenius's victories had come by knockout including versus Bogdan Dinu.

Since 2006 Helenius has been fighting in Germany in the Box-Bundesliga (Premier League) for Hertha BSC. Promoter Sauerland-Boxstall had bought an option in case Helenius turned pro after the Olympics. At the Olympic qualifiers he lost to Marko Tomasović and Jaroslavas Jakšto. Helenius also faced MMA heavyweight fighter Sergei Kharitonov in the amateurs, beating him by points.

Professional career[edit]

Helenius turned pro in 2008 to fight for Germany's Wilfried Sauerland. He has a clean record with 19 wins (11 KO). In 2009 Helenius knocked out former British heavyweight champion Scott Gammer and defeated Taras Bidenko with a third round stoppage. In January 2010 Helenius stopped former WBO World champion Lamon Brewster with a TKO in the eighth round. Helenius defeated Gbenga Oloukun on March 26, 2010, in Helsinki, despite breaking a bone next to the knuckles of his right hand.

In August 2010 Helenius won the vacant EU heavyweight title against unbeaten Gregory Tony. Helenius defended his title for the first time on 27 November 2010 by beating Attila Levin with a technical knockout in the second round. In the same match he also won the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title. On 2 April 2011 Helenius fought Samuel Peter. Peter started the fight aggressively, and was ahead on the scorecards after 6 completed rounds. However Helenius was able to successfully defend his WBO Inter-Continental title and also win the vacant WBA Inter-Continental title by knockout in round 9.

On 27 August 2011 Helenius successfully defended his WBO and WBA Inter-Continental titles against Sergei Liakhovich in Munich, Germany, by technical knockout in round 9.

On 3 December 2011, Helenius won the vacant European Championship title (EBU) by beating Dereck Chisora by a twelve-round split decision in Helsinki, Finland. The decision was highly debated as most pundits and onlookers thought Chisora had done enough to get the decision. In the Finnish press Helenius claimed he had injured his right arm in the first round of the match, and was thus unable to use it fully.[1] A fracture was found, but it was considered to be minor.[2] The result was widely criticized by the crowd and pundits with Freddie Roach[disambiguation needed] who was commentating the fight labelling it "just terrible" and added 'Helenius was supposed to be the next big thing and the man to challenge the Klitschko’s, but Dereck totally exposed him and I’m being generous in giving him four winning rounds in the fight'.[3][4]

The Ring considered the outcome of the match "a gift", dropping Helenius' ranking from fifth to sixth challenger.[3][4] On the other hand, his slugger fighting style has been described as lazy but powerful; he looks to be not doing much, but keeps putting men down.[5]

The injury required an operation and to achieve complete healing and to minimize any possibility of further injury, a long break from fights. After a year away from boxing, Helenius beat veteran Sherman "The Caribbean Tank" Williams on points November 10, 2012 in Helsinki keeping his clean record. The fight was the main event on the only Sauerland Events Viasat Nordic Fight Night card so far held outside of Denmark. On March 23, 2013 in Magdeburg, Germany, Helenius won his latest match against Michael Sprott on points in 10 round match. Helenius broke his right hand wrist in fight.[6]

He remains undefeated in the professional ring,[7] with a knock-out percentage of 58.

Helenius is currently considered one of the probable near-future heavyweight championship challengers; in the World Boxing Organization (WBO), ranked 7th.[8]

Due to contract disputes with Team Sauerland he is currently inactive.

Professional boxing record[edit]

19 Wins (11 knockouts, 8 decisions), 0 Losses, 0 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 19–0 United Kingdom Michael Sprott UD 10 2013-03-23 Germany GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany Scoring was 98–93, 97–93 and 98–92
Win 18–0 The Bahamas Sherman Williams UD 10 2012-11-10 Finland Helsingin Jäähalli, Helsinki, Finland
Win 17–0 United Kingdom Dereck Chisora SD 12 2011-12-03 Finland Hartwall Areena, Helsinki, Finland Won vacant EBU (European) HW title.
Scoring was 115–113, 113–115 and 115–113.
Win 16–0 Belarus Siarhei Liakhovich TKO 9 (12) 2011-08-28 Germany Olympia-Eissportzentrum, Munich, Bayern, Germany Retained WBO Inter-Cont. & retained WBA Inter-Cont. HW title.
Win 15–0 Nigeria Samuel Peter KO 9 (12) 2011-04-02 Germany Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Retained WBO Inter-Cont. & won vacant WBA Inter-Cont. HW title.
Win 14–0 Sweden Attila Levin TKO 2 (12) 2010-11-27 Finland Hartwall Areena, Helsinki, Finland Retained EBUEU & won vacant WBO Inter-Cont. HW title.
Win 13–0 France Gregory Tony TKO 6 (12) 2010-08-21 Germany Messehalle, Erfurt, Thüringen, Germany Won vacant EBUEU HW title.
Win 12–0 Nigeria Gbenga Oloukun UD 8 2010-03-26 Finland Töölön Kisahalli, Helsinki, Finland
Win 11–0 United States Lamon Brewster TKO 8 (10) 2010-01-30 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Win 10–0 Ukraine Taras Bidenko RTD 3 (8) 2009-11-07 Germany Arena Nürnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg, Bayern, Germany The bout was halted because of a cut over Bidenko's right eye.
Win 9–0 Turkey Serdar Uysal KO 6 (8) 2009-08-29 Germany Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win 8–0 United Kingdom Scott Gammer KO 6 (8) 2009-05-30 Finland Hartwall Areena, Helsinki, Finland
Win 7–0 Turkey Özcan Cetinkaya TKO 2 (8) 2009-05-09 Germany Jako-Arena, Bamberg, Bayern, Germany
Win 6–0 Germany Enrico Garmendia TKO 1 (6) 2009-02-28 Germany Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Win 5–0 Lithuania Remigijus Ziausys UD 6 2008-11-28 Finland Hartwall Areena, Helsinki, Finland
Win 4–0 Switzerland Nikola Vujasinovic UD 4 2008-11-08 Germany Jako-Arena, Bamberg, Bayern, Germany
Win 3–0 Turkey Ergin Solmaz UD 4 2008-09-05 Sweden Nojesfabriken, Karlstad, Sweden
Win 2–0 Czech Republic David Vicena UD 4 2008-06-07 Sweden Mellringehallen, Örebro, Sweden Vicena down in the 4th round.
Win 1–0 Germany Gene Pukall TKO 1 (4) 2008-05-17 Germany Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany Pukall down three times.


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