Robert Helenius Loses Against the French Boxer Duhaupas But Promises to Come Back Stronger

Robert Helenius, the Finnish heavyweight boxer, landing a hard left to the face of his French opponent, Johann Duhaupas, in a WBC Silver Heavyweight Title fight at Helsinki Arena on Saturday April 2 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Robert Helenius, the Finnish heavyweight boxer, landing a hard left to the face of his French opponent, Johann Duhaupas, in a WBC Silver Heavyweight Title fight at Helsinki Arena on Saturday April 2 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

I have been following Robert Helenius’ career for over six years and have gotten used to a victory after victory. I’ve seen most of the fights live. I’ve felt cold chills riding down my spine as his loyal fans have cheered victory after the toughest of battles.

Helenius just after Duhaupas landed a right cross to the chin, which sent Helenius to the canvas. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Helenius just after Duhaupas landed a right cross to the chin, which sent Helenius to the canvas. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

That’s why I was at first shocked when Helenius got knocked out in the sixth round of the WBC Silver Heavyweight Title fight at Helsinki Arena on Saturday night by the vicious right cross of the French pugilist, Johann Duhaupas.

Duhaupas taking a hard body shot. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Duhaupas taking a hard body shot. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

 

Helenius landed many punches in the early rounds. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Helenius landed many punches in the early rounds. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

In the beginning, the fight was was a delight to watch. Helenius countered and attacked with the skills of a true craftsman in the art of boxing. He dominated the fight from early on. He was technically better than I’ve never seen before. Light footwork. Sharp punches to the body, precise counters that landed. Beautiful boxing. This is surely thanks to his trainer, Johan Lindström.

Johan Lindström giving instructions to his protégé. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Johan Lindström giving instructions to his protégé. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

I, and Team Helenius, knew that Duhaupas wouldn’t been an easy opponent with a glass jaw. Even a layman can observe that in his fight against the US world champion Deontay Wilder.

Duhaupas landing a left jab. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Duhaupas landing a left jab. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

It was, perhaps, underestimated though, that Duhaupas was also a master of the defence game. He was skilled at avoiding hard punches and hitting fast with his right hand from unorthodox angles with precise timing.

Helenius said after the fight that Duhaupas’ punches didn’t feel that hard and he was able to land punches effortlessly and therefore he took it a bit easier than “he should have.” “I let him get too close and he was able to punish me.”

“However, I have done this for 17 years and this was my first loss. It doesn’t feel that bad. You have to learn from your losses. I will come back stronger,” he said.

He has, after all, 22 wins under his belt.

The disappointed Helenius. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The disappointed Helenius. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

 

A moment after the loss. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A moment after the loss. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

 

Helenius and Duhaupas parted with mutual respect. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Helenius and Duhaupas parted with mutual respect. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

 

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