Robert Helenius will be eager to give his Scandinavian fans a first-hand look at his rising talents when he enters the ring in Helsinki on May 30. The “Nordic Nightmare”, as he is known in Germany, will be in action on the undercard of the WBA heavyweight title fight between Nikolai Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev. It will be the 25-year-old´s second professional fight at the Hartwall Arena where he clinched a unanimous points decision over Remigijus Ziausys back in November 2008. “I really look forward to fighting in Helsinki again,” Helenius said. “I want to show my fans why they call me the “Nordic Nightmare” in Germany. I have learned so many things during the one year with Team Sauerland and I am keen to prove that on May 30.”
Helenius (6-0, 2 KOs), who was born in Sweden and raised in Finland, celebrated a successful professional debut in May 2008 when he knocked out experienced German Gene Pukall in the first round. He has won five more fights since then. “Robert certainly has a golden future ahead,” Sauerland Event sports director Hagen Doering said. “He has got what it takes to be a champion. His is picking up things very quickly in practice and keeps improving every day.”
Doering discovered the gifted Scandinavian during the 2006 European Amateur Championships when he won the silver medal. Doering then brought Helenius to Germany where he fought for Hertha BSC Berlin as an amateur before officially joining Team Sauerland as a professional one year ago. “We are very pleased with his development,” said head coach Ulli Wegner, who has also led Arthur Abraham, Cecilia Braekhus, Markus Beyer and Sven Ottke to world titles. “Robert is a tough guy and he works very hard. He has the talent to be a champion one day.”
Prior to the fight in Helsinki, Helenius has some business to take care of in Germany. This Saturday, he will return to the ring on the undercard of the European cruiserweight title fight between Marco Huck and Vitaliy Rusal, taking on Ozcan Cetinkaya in Bamberg. “I was very happy when I heard about the show in Helsinki, but right now, all my focus is on Saturday,” Helenius said. “Once I have beaten Cetinkaya, I will shift my attention to the next fight.”
Helenius last fought in February when he clinched a spectacular first-round KO over Enrico Garmendia in Neubrandenburg. He returned to practice straight away, spending most of the time in the famous Max-Schmeling-Gym near Berlin´s Olympic Stadium or in Sauerland´s training camp base in Kienbaum, which is 20 miles east of the German capital. “I did not get any rest at all since my last fight,” Helenius said with a smile. “But that is no problem – I am very ambitions and I am keen to accomplish my goals.”
Tickets for the hotly-anticipated fight night at the Hartwall Arena are available at www.lippu.fi as well as +358 600 900 900. VIP packages can be purchased at www.revengeofthegiant.com.