By Pasi Taavitsainen at ringside
Photos: Pasi Taavitsainen
Heavyweight contender Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (18-0, 11 KOs) scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over 40-year-old veteran Sherman “Tank” Williams (35-12-2, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Helsinki Ice Hall in Helsinki, Finland. Helenius was in command the whole fight, but the most exciting moment came when Williams buzzed him in the sixth with a big right hand. Scores were 99-91, 99-93, 98-93.
“I´m back,” Helenius said afterward. “This was a good comeback win for me. Williams was a dangerous opponent, he came here to fight. But I think I fought a good fight. I´m happy with my performance.”
Said Williams: “I promised to bring sunshine. We got three days of sunshine and Robert got the Conch Punch. I hurt him in the sixth but could not knock him out. In the end, he got the decision, I congratulate him. It was a good fight and he is a very good fighter.”
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In a bout for the WBA Inter-Continental middleweight title, unbeaten Patrick Nielsen (17-0, 8 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Jamel Bahki (24-3-2, 6 KOs) by scores of 96-94, 97-95, 99-91.
Light heavyweight Erik Skoglund moved to 13-0, 7 KOs after a first round TKO over Gyorgy Marosi (16-7, 9 KOs).
Middleweight Ahmed Rifaie (8-4-2, 2 KOs)scored an eighth round stoppage of Timo Laine (7-2).
Unbeaten heavyweight Janne Katajisto (12-0-1, 5 KOs) won a close unanimous decision over Ivica Perkovic (17-17, 13 KOs) by scores of 58-57, 58-56, 58-56.
Super featherweight Dennis Ceylan (2-1, 1 KO) won a four-rounder against Anton Bekish (3-4, 3 KOs) by scores of 39-37, 39-37, 40-37.
Featherweight Andreas Evensen (17-2-1, 6 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Philippe Frenois (15-7-1) by scores of 100-90, 100-90, 99-91.
Middleweight Fitim Latifi (3-0) outpointed Alexander Jacobsen (2-1, 2 KOs) over six by scores of 59-54, 59-55 and 59-54.
Cruiserweight Micki Nielsen (4-0, 4 KOs) stopped Dzianis Vardomski (1-2-1, 1 KO) in round one.