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Robert Helenius vs. Dereck Chisora rematch headed to purse bid

The two will be fighting for the vacant EBU heavyweight title last held by Erkan Teper.

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

The European Boxing Union has stripped Erkan Teper of his heavyweight title due to his bizarre drug scandal, and as a result, previously-planned challenger Robert Helenius will instead face Dereck Chisora in a rematch of their 2011 showdown, which saw "The Nordic Nightmare" escape with a controversial split decision.

The fight will go to a purse bid by January 21st, 2016.

Consecutive knockouts of Sam Peter and Siarhei Liakhovich had Helenius (22-0, 13 KO) poised to make waves in the heavyweight division, but his career sort of fizzled out after the Chisora fight. Injuries kept him out of action from March of 2013 to March of 2015, and he's since scored wins over non-contenders Beka Lobjanidze and Franz Rill.

Chisora (24-5, 16 KO) dropped a decision to Vitali Klitschko after his "loss" to Helenius, after which he suffered his first career knockout loss to David Haye. He really hasn't been quite himself since, going 9-1 but losing badly to Tyson Fury in a rematch. A good portion of those nine wins came against what could charitably be described as mediocre competition, including Lobjanidze and, most recently, a guy ranked 542nd in the division.

There are a lot more heavyweights than I thought there were.

Anyway, both of those guys need a big win to prove they still matter in the division. Think either one has a run left in him.

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