Robert Helenius faces Dereck Chisora today in Helsinki. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Today at 2 p.m. EST on BoxNation in the United Kingdom, ARD in Germany, and Epix in the United States (3:30 p.m. EST), a heavyweight double-header featuring a world title fight and one of the sport's fastest-rising stars will take place at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki.
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The world title fight is actually the co-feature here, as WBA titlist Alexander Povetkin (22-0, 15 KO) faces 42-year-old American Cedric Boswell (35-1, 26 KO). Povetkin, 32, has not progressed as most had hoped he would when he went pro after winning gold at the 2004 Olympics, but he has become one of the leading non-Klitschko heavyweights in the world. For Boswell, it's the chance he's been hoping for for years now, and it's here. It's do or die time for him at the top level of the sport.
In the main event, the vacant European heavyweight title will be decided between Finland's own Robert Helenius (16-0, 11 KO) and Britain's Dereck Chisora (15-1, 9 KO). Chisora is trying to recover still from a July loss to Tyson Fury, and a win over Helenius would put him right back in the world title conversation. Helenius is coming in off of knockouts of former titleholders Samuel Peter and Sergei Liakhovich.
Bad Left Hook will have round-by-round coverage of both fights this afternoon, so join us!