Robert ‘The Nordic Nightmare’ Helenius. Stock photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today

Finnish heavyweight boxer Robert Helenius beat his Polish counterpart, Adam Kownacki, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, USA, on Sunday morning Finnish time.

In a nutshell: Helenius dominated all six rounds and Kownacki hit Helenius too many times to the balls. Kownacki was disqualified.

In the sixth round, Kownacki’s eyes were so swollen that he could hardly see. After Kownacki referred to yet another sucker punch, the judge called the fight over. It could have turned out for the worse for Kownacki.

During the rounds, Kownacki’s only weapon that seemed to inflict any damage was, in fact, his right hook to Helenius’ family jewels. An illegal blow that he seemed to refer to at least three times during the fight.

In the first, Helenius dominated with rights and lefts that almost knocked Kownacki out, but he was saved by the bell. In fact, the bell seemed to save Kownacki too many times during the fight.

Helenius is now ready to fight for the world heavyweight champion title.


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