Cutman Ervin Kade, Robert ‘The Nordic Nightmare’ Helenius, and trainer Johan Lindström at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Photograph: Team Helenius

In early March 2020, the Finnish heavyweight boxer Robert Helenius knocked out his Polish opponent Adam Kownacki in the fourth round just before sunrise in Finland on Sunday morning.

The fight happened in New York, U.S, in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. A clean right cross took Kownacki down for the first time. A right-left combo sent him down to the canvas for good.

The idea was that after the win Helenius would be entitled to face then WBA, IBF, WBO and WBO heavyweight titleholder, Anthony Joshua. (Joshua lost his titles against Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk in September this year.)

But when it comes to professional boxing and its politics, everything doesn’t always go as planned.

Helenius’ manager, Markus Sundman, later revealed that their contract included a clause for a rematch.

In the media, Helenius thought that there was hardly anything new that Kownacki could do against him the second time around.

But since Kownacki insisted on getting one, the rematch was initially scheduled for July this year.

Helenius was to face Kownacki in the co-main event of the evening when the heavyweight title contender, Tyson Fury, was supposed to face his counterpart, Deontay Wilder.

The event, however, was rescheduled after Fury got infected with the coronavirus and will now finally take place between the night of Saturday and Sunday Finnish time at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, USA.

In early September, Helenius took off to his final training camp in the U.S. Alabama, where he sparred with Wilder. He has been training in the U.S. for the past three weeks.

“I have been training hard for two years. I am absolutely ready to start fighting again,” Helenius said in an interview with Viaplay Sport that will broadcast the fight in PPV mode.

“I am ready to win, just like before. You are going to see the best Helenius yet,” he concluded.

Robert Helenius’ fight against Adam Kownacki can be viewed in a Viaplay PPV broadcast on the night between Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 9–10.). The address: viaplay.fi/ppv. The first fight of the night is scheduled to begin at around 04:00.

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