Helenius in November 2010
|Born||Robert Gabriel Helenius
January 2, 1984
|Other names||The Nordic Nightmare,
|Height||1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|Reach||201 cm (79 in)|
|Fighting out of||Berlin, Germany|
|Years active||6 (2008–present)|
|Professional boxing record|
|Amateur boxing record|
|Boxing record from Boxrec|
|Competitor for Finland|
|European Amateur Championships|
|Silver||2006 Plovdiv||Super Heavyweight|
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.
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.
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 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. A fracture was found, but it was considered to be minor. 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'.
The Ring considered the outcome of the match "a gift", dropping Helenius' ranking from fifth to sixth challenger. 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.
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.
He remains undefeated in the professional ring, with a knock-out percentage of 58.
Due to contract disputes with Team Sauerland he is currently inactive.
Professional boxing record
|19 Wins (11 knockouts, 8 decisions), 0 Losses, 0 Draws |
|Win||19–0||Michael Sprott||UD||10||2013-03-23||GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany||Scoring was 98–93, 97–93 and 98–92|
|Win||18–0||Sherman Williams||UD||10||2012-11-10||Helsingin Jäähalli, Helsinki, Finland|
|Win||17–0||Dereck Chisora||SD||12||2011-12-03||Hartwall Areena, Helsinki, Finland||Won vacant EBU (European) HW title.
Scoring was 115–113, 113–115 and 115–113.
|Win||16–0||Siarhei Liakhovich||TKO||9 (12)||2011-08-28||Olympia-Eissportzentrum, Munich, Bayern, Germany||Retained WBO Inter-Cont. & retained WBA Inter-Cont. HW title.|
|Win||15–0||Samuel Peter||KO||9 (12)||2011-04-02||Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||Retained WBO Inter-Cont. & won vacant WBA Inter-Cont. HW title.|
|Win||14–0||Attila Levin||TKO||2 (12)||2010-11-27||Hartwall Areena, Helsinki, Finland||Retained EBU–EU & won vacant WBO Inter-Cont. HW title.|
|Win||13–0||Gregory Tony||TKO||6 (12)||2010-08-21||Messehalle, Erfurt, Thüringen, Germany||Won vacant EBU–EU HW title.|
|Win||12–0||Gbenga Oloukun||UD||8||2010-03-26||Töölön Kisahalli, Helsinki, Finland|
|Win||11–0||Lamon Brewster||TKO||8 (10)||2010-01-30||Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany|
|Win||10–0||Taras Bidenko||RTD||3 (8)||2009-11-07||Arena Nürnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg, Bayern, Germany||The bout was halted because of a cut over Bidenko's right eye.|
|Win||9–0||Serdar Uysal||KO||6 (8)||2009-08-29||Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Win||8–0||Scott Gammer||KO||6 (8)||2009-05-30||Hartwall Areena, Helsinki, Finland|
|Win||7–0||Özcan Cetinkaya||TKO||2 (8)||2009-05-09||Jako-Arena, Bamberg, Bayern, Germany|
|Win||6–0||Enrico Garmendia||TKO||1 (6)||2009-02-28||Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany|
|Win||5–0||Remigijus Ziausys||UD||6||2008-11-28||Hartwall Areena, Helsinki, Finland|
|Win||4–0||Nikola Vujasinovic||UD||4||2008-11-08||Jako-Arena, Bamberg, Bayern, Germany|
|Win||3–0||Ergin Solmaz||UD||4||2008-09-05||Nojesfabriken, Karlstad, Sweden|
|Win||2–0||David Vicena||UD||4||2008-06-07||Mellringehallen, Örebro, Sweden||Vicena down in the 4th round.|
|Win||1–0||Gene Pukall||TKO||1 (4)||2008-05-17||Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany||Pukall down three times.|
- "Käsivammainen Helenius on valmis uusintaan". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved Jan 7, 2011.
- "Heleniuksen käsivamma pelättyä lievempi". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved Jan 7, 2011.
- "Ring Ratings Update: Sorting out the bantamweights". December 6, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2011.