Via Jack Tiernan: High-ranked heavyweight contender Robert ‘Nordic Nightmare’ Helenius says WBC champion Tyson Fury will be an “easier style” for him than IBF/WBA/WBO champ Oleksandr Usik. Helenius (31-3, 20 KOs) predicts that he will take down ‘The Gypsy King’ Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) if that bout ends.
Fury’s new melee fighting style would be ideal for Helenius, a giant puncher on the inside. If Fury manages to beat Helenius 6’6 ″ like he did in his last two bouts with Deontay Wilder, he could be quickly subjugated by the club.
Helenius is a stronger version of Otto Wallin, who gave Fury total hell in their fight in 2019, slashing him miserably in the second round and defeating him with short club punch inside for 12 rounds of pain.
Coach Sugarhill Steward Gym Kronk teaches that the physical style of hitting an opponent would be the wrong way for Fury to use against a puncher like Helenius. Without Fury’s all-round improvement of the game, it is predictable that he would fall victim to the power of Helenius, who could transform him into Adam Kownacki 2.0.
Assuming Fury can no longer revert to the mobile fighting style before Sugarhill became his trainer, he could be knocked out by the ‘Nordic Nightmare’ Helenius.
#3 WBA, #13 WBC Helenius and Andy Ruiz Jr. are potential backup alternatives for Fury’s next bout should his Top Rated supporters fail to negotiate against WBC-mandatory Dillian ‘The Bodysnatcher’ Whyte.
Fury’s promoter Bob Arum said he’ll be using former IBF/WBA/WBO champion Andy Ruiz Jr. or Helenius as Tyson’s Plan B if negotiations with Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) fail.
Helenius, 38, said his priority right now is to win the WBA Usyk title (19-0, 13 KOs) because he’s 3rd with the World Boxing Association. He wants to be selected as mandatory after a sixth-round knockout win over leading contender Adam Kownacki in their rematch late last year on October 9.
If there’s an opportunity for Sweden-born Helenius to fight Fury, he can take it. One problem Fury could have with getting Helenius to agree to a fight with him is the possibility that his WBC won’t be top of the line.
Let’s say Fury leaves the WBC-ordered mandatory title defense against the mandatory Whyte. In that case, he’ll likely pay the price with his WBC strap, meaning a fight with Helenius or Andy Ruiz Jr would only have Tyson’s Ring magazine heavyweight belt up for grabs.
That title means nothing compared to the WBC strap, so it’s going to be difficult for High Ranks to lure Helenius or Ruiz into the fight with Fury unless they make it worthy of either of them in terms of finance.
“I’ll take out Tyson Fury. He is an easier style for I am more certain Oleksandr Usyk,” Helenius told Sports sky. “I have heard my name mentioned by Bob Arum and others possibly fighting Fury in March.
“Of course, I feel like I’m going to beat Fury,” Helenius continued. “He looks great against Deontay Wilder, but he will find a style much less favorable than mine.
“Whoever comes, Usyk, Fury, whoever, I’ll be ready. I feel better than ever in my career. I will win a world title”.
Helenius is one of those late bloomers who got better with age. Earlier in Helenius’ career, he was defeated by Johann Duhaupas, Gerald Washington and Dillian Whyte.
However, Helenius has improved tremendously compared to the boxer he has been in for the past three years and is much more dangerous.
It’s safe to say that if Top Rank chooses to go with Plan-B for Fury’s next fight, they will choose to use Andy Ruiz Jr. as his opponent instead of Helenius.
Ruiz Jr. is an understandable mark on Fury 6’9″, whether he crushes him or uses movement, and he won’t have to worry about dealing with the massive power or size to come. from fighting Helenius.
“We are waiting for an official response from the WBA; this is my top priority. I fully look forward to the mandatory naming,” said Helenius.