Helenius Eyes Bout With Dimitrenko

Can Robert Helenius get back on track with a fight against Alexander Dimitrenko? (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

After his controversial win over Derek "Del Boy" Chisora, Robert Helenius is looking for a step up in competition. Per Ake Persson of Boxing Scene is reporting that Alexander Dimitrenko is the mandatory for Helenius's EBU belt and that the EBU as set January 16th as a deadline for purse bids. I'm not sure how I feel about this fight. Helenius got a sham victory over Del Boy and clearly got outboxed by the British fighter. However, if Chisora gets a Klitschko and Helenius gets stuck with Dimitrenko, then karma would be served.

Dimitrenko is 29 and is another prospect that got derailed. In 2009 Dimitrenko fought American "Fast" Eddie Chambers. Chambers completely outclassed the tall Ukrainian with good inside fighting and solid defense. Much like Helenius, Dimitrenko was beaten by a fighter who was able to get to the inside. Another parallel is that Dimitrenko was in line to face a Klitschko if he won the fight. Dimitrenko is tall and strong, but that's about it. I always confuse Povetkin and Dimitrenko, the reason for the confusion should be obvious.

My thought is that this matchup is going to be extremely boring. Both fighters like to fight from the outside and both fighters fight in a very upright style. Essentially, both fighters are European heavyweights and they fight like it too. Each of these guys will look to this fight, if it happens, as a stepping stone to a potential fight with either one of the K-Bros. So this should be thought of as a K-eliminator, which is going to be the only reason to tune in. What do you guys think of this potential fight and more importantly would you actually make an effort to tune into this fight?


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