Robert Helenius is hoping to score his third impressive knockout win of 2011. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
With the vacant European heavyweight title and a likely major title shot on the line today in Helsinki, the hometown fighter is being given the firm nod on the sportsbooks.
"The Nordic Nightmare" Robert Helenius has the odds healthily in his favor as he gears up to face loud-mouthed former British champion Dereck Chisora.
Helenius (16-0, 11 KO) is the fighter coming in with big momentum, and has become the latest heavyweight hope for many, including American fans tired of looking for a star spangled hope. His combination of size, power, and willingness to fight has impressed many around the world who still pay close attention to what was once boxing's glory division, and could be again if someone compelling comes along.
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Chisora (15-1, 9 KO) could be a live dog here if he shows up at his best, as we discussed in the preview. If he fights like he did against Tyson Fury, he'll be in trouble. But he's in shape, weighing in yesterday at 243 pounds (compared to 261 against Fury), and he spent the weigh-in yesterday trying to get into Helenius' head with his usual over-the-top antics.
If all goes well, this could be a hell of a fight. We'll have live coverage this afternoon.