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The sign on the brick wall says: “Don’t hurt the wall! The wall can’t take punches!” Robert Helenius is photographed during a press training session at the Ruskeasuo Sports Hall in Helsinki. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Let’s face it. Helenius’ last fight left fans for craving more.

The Finnish heavyweight boxer won the Belarusian Yury Bykhatsou by a split decision in Rakvere, Estonia, in March using his left hand only.

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That certainly showcased the “sisu” or the “guts” and the Viking spirit of Helenius, but the inability to hammer his opponent with his trademark right cross or the shovel hook left fans subconsciously wondering why “the hell he didn’t” when the defense of Bykhatsou presented several clear openings to do so.

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After the fight, we found out that he couldn’t. Helenius had broken his right hand in the first round.

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In the past few months, we’ve seen him exercising and running with a plastered hand. He was happy to help his trainer, Johan Lindström, to bench 160 kilos while holding his left hand over the bar in case he needed any help. (Turns out, he didn’t.)

But now Helenius is grabbing the bar again and making the heavy bag shiver and shake. The plaster is gone, and he’s getting ready for his next fight.



This week, Helenius was appointed as the new official challenger for current European Champion (EU) title holder, the Swedish heavyweight Otto Wallin (20-0, 13 KOs).

Wallin—who is 27 years old and only three centimeters shorter than the two meters tall Helenius—won that belt from his countryman, Adrian Granat, in April. Wallin is ranked 22 on Boxrec’s list of the best boxers in the world. Helenius, 34, is currently ranked as 42, and his record is (26-2, 16 KOs).

“I have always been the king of the Nordics!” Helenius exclaimed in a video posted on his Facebook page.

“[Otto] do you dare to take on the challenge? I’m coming to give you a boxing lesson,” Helenius said in another.

Helenius hopes that the fight will become a reality in the end of June or in the autumn. He would be happy to fight in front of a home audience but is willing step in the ring in Sweden as well.