Professional heavyweight boxer Robert Helenius excited about his latest ranking
WBO regards Finnish fighter as Vladimir Klitško’s number one challenger
Finland’s Robert Helenius continues his steady climb towards the top of the professional boxing ranking lists.
On the WBO sanctioning organisation’s ranking list, updated over the weekend, the Finn is now seen as the current heavyweight World Champion Vladimir Klitško’s number one challenger.
This is one of the most notable achievements in the history of Finnish boxing.
Nevertheless, it falls a little short of the all-time highest domestic boxing merit.
That still belongs to Gunnar Bärlund, who was listed by the “boxing Bible” The Ring as the third toughest heavyweight fighter in the world in 1938.
In the magazine’s latest ranking Helenius is ranked as 7th.
Of the Finnish heavyweights, only Bärlund has ever been ranked higher. Helenius received the news of the WBO ranking with undisguised delight.
“This is fantastic news and proves that the boxing world has noticed what I have delivered in the ring”, Helenius declared in a Monday release by his German promoters, Sauerland.
Helenius’s rise in the ranking lists has been quick, for he has fought shirtless only 16 times.
So far he has a clean sheet as a professional boxer, having exited the ring as a winner every time.
Eleven of the bouts ended before the distance, including the last four contests he has fought.
Helenius’s latest scalp was earned in late August when he defeated Sergei Liakhovich of Belarus by a technical knock-out in the 9th round of a 12-round bout fought in Erfurt, Germany.
After the contest the ex-World Champion Liakhovich was a rather crushed individual, both mentally and physically.
“I am extremely ambitious. There is a lot more to come”, Helenius promises.
The Finnish boxer has never been much of a motormouth when it comes to the media. Helenius shows no signs of changing. Helsingin Sanomat could not get a word out of him on Monday, and his spouse Sandra Helsing says that Robert is not overly eager to issue statements.
When asked (over and over again) when he might be ready to face Vladimir or Vitali Klitško, Helenius sighs and summarises: “When my coach Ulli Wegner gives the Championship bout the green light, I will be ready.”
A likelier fight in the near future would be a European Championship title bout.
According to the Monday issue of the late edition tabloid Ilta-Sanomat, Sauerland is trying to set up a European Championship fight for Helenius against the German-Ukrainian Alexander Dimitrenko.
Previously in HS International Edition:
Robert Helenius successfully defends heavyweight titles in Germany (29.8.2011)
The Ring magazine: Heavyweight Ratings, 12.9.
Robert Helenius on BoxRec
Robert Helenius (Wikipedia)