The European Boxing Union EBU has earlier mandated that the new holder of the vacant European Heavyweight Championship title Robert Helenius of Finland is to defend his title against the former champion Alexander Dimitrenko of Germany next.
The bout seems unlikely to materialise, however.
Dimitrenko’s Universum team boss Waldemar Kluch explains on the Figosport Internet site that the Ukrainian-born Dimitrenko has set his sights for the World Championship title instead.
In other words, regaining the European heavyweight title is not in the ex-champion’s plans.
Also, based on his latest performance Helenius would not provide much of a challenge for Dimitrenko, Kluch adds.
Last weekend Helenius seized the vacant European heavyweight title belt on a split decision on points 2-1 in a bout against Britain’s Dereck Chisora.
The ruling of the bout has received wide criticism in the boxing world, and there have been calls for a rematch. With Dimitrenko possibly out of the picture, Chisora may now get his wish sooner rather than later. .
In Finland, Kluch’s comments were first reported by the Finnish commercial television channel MTV 3.