Finnish Heavyweight Contender Robert Helenius and His Nordic Contractual Nightmares
By Robert Brizel, Head RCM Boxing Correspondent
Between May 2008 and March 2013, Finnish heavyweight contender Robert Helenius compiled a professional boxing record of 19-0 with 11 knockouts. From March 2013 to the present, Helenius has not fought for the past year, and has been involved with contractual disputes with Sauerland. According to Sauerland Promotion, Helenius remains under contract for two years, and has incurred injuries which have extended the contract.
According to Sauerland, Helenius was provided with boxer’s insurance, and Sauerland gave Helenius a loan for his family’s expenses, and expects to get paid back in time. According to Kalle Helenius, Robert’s father and ex-trainer, Sauerland has trained his son wrong causing injuries Robert had to fight with, and later resulted in inappropriate rehabilitation. In addition, KaileHelenius claims his son never received boxer’s insurance, and the money laid out by Sauerland was solely for medical expenses. Who is telling the truth. Who is lying? Father Helenius is talking, but Robert isn’t. His career is on the rocks.
KaileHelenius claims his son was shown one contract in Finland in 2007, but his son signed a different contract in Germany. According to Sauerland, the two contracts were exactly the same, in German with Finnish translation provided.Helenius has cut himself off from team Sauerland, putting any future step up fights and a 2015 possible world heavyweight championship title match against Wladimir Klitschko in Germany in serious jeopardy.
Helenius received what appeared to be a 12 round split decision ‘gift’ over Dereck Chisora at Hartwell Arena in Helsinki, Finland in December 2011 for the EBU European title. Helenius followed with 10 round decision wins over Sherman Williams and Michael Sprott. Williams recently won a decision over Earl Ladson. Chisora is on a five bout win streak, and will face Tyson Fury in July 2014 for the EBU European Heavyweight title, which Chisora won with a fifth round stoppage over Edmund Gerber in London last year.
Well, one thing is for sure: Robert Helenius can fight. The big questions: will he? Such names as Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Andy Ruiz, Alexander Povetkin, Wladimir Klitschko, Tony Thompson, Bryant Jennings, David Haye, Kubrat Pulev and Amir Mansour could be in his future. To return strong, Helenius will have to regain his health, strength, and confidence, and mend his relationship with Sauerland. If not, his career is doomed. Helenius and David Haye have one common attribute at present: career inactivity.