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.
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.
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.
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.
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.