Robert Helenius (22-0 13KOs) and Johann Duhaupas (33-3 20KOs) are scheduled to clash for the vacant WBC heavyweight silver title at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland on April 2nd.
Helenius overcame Franz Rill in December at the very same arena to claim the vacant EBU title.
Helenius vs. Rill was able to generate over 60,000 PPV buys in Finland and entice 11,500 fans to buy tickets. This latest bout being touted as Finlands biggest ever boxing event and is likely to outperform the Helenius’ last bout financially.
“The fight means everything for me and it will be my biggest fight so far,” Helenius told his sponsors Paf, in an exclusive interview. He went on to acknowledge that winning would give him “a chance to compete for the WBC belt”.
Whilst Deontay Wilder’s WBC title is undoubtedly the end goal for Helenius, he must get in line. Wilder must first overcome his mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin after which he is likely to push for a unification bout against the winner of Fury vs. Klitschko II.
Interestingly both Helenius and Duhaupas had been mentioned as potential future opponents for the undefeated Anthony Joshua too. Although Joshua is being fast-tracked to a world title shot against IBF champion Charles Martin.