Undefeated Robert Helenius and former British heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora will clash for the vacant European heavyweight title on December 3 at Helsinki's Hartwall Arena, a heavyweight matchup that should very well have action and is a big fight for both competitors.
Helenius (16-0, 11 KO) is coming off of a pair of wins that opened some eyes this year against former titleholders Samuel Peter and Sergei Liakhovich. In April, he stopped Peter in the ninth round, and in August did the same against a rejuvenated and very game Liakhovich in a heavyweight division Fight of the Year contender.
Chisora (15-1, 9 KO) lost the British and Commonwealth titles to Tyson Fury via unanimous decision on July 23. He was set to face Larry Olubamiwo recently, but that fight was called off and Chisora waited a few extra days to instead rout Lithuania's Remigijus Ziausys (19-44-3, 9 KO) on November 11 over six shutout rounds. That easy win qualified Chisora for the European title fight, as the EBU has rules that don't allow someone to challenge for their belt with a loss in their last fight.
It's an interesting style matchup. The 6'6" Helenius is, in some ways, an even better version of 6'9" Fury, who convincingly beat Chisora in July. Helenius fights well off his back foot, and is a much better puncher than Fury is right now. Chisora did get himself back down to 241 pounds on Friday after blowing up to 261 for the Fury fight, so his better conditioning should help.
For both fighters, it's a potential step toward a fight next year with one of the Klitschko brothers, and a fight that, to get to that stage quickly, neither man can afford to lose.
The fight will take place on the undercard of Alexander Povetkin's WBA title defense against Cedric Boswell.