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Helenius, Pulev Join Povetkin in The Klitschko Hunt

Exciting news for Robert Helenius (18-0, 11 KOs) and Kubrat Pulev (17-0, 9 KOs). Both top heavyweight contenders currently hold the number one spot in their respective rankings.

After beating former world champions Lamon Brewster, Samuel Peter and Siarhei Liakhovich, the WBO (World Boxing Organization) already instated Helenius as their number one fighter back in September of last year. However, after the fight for the European Championship against Dereck Chisora in December 2011, the Finn had to take a longer break due to a serious shoulder injury. On November 10, Helenius gave his successful comeback in Helsinki. After ten rounds, the "Nordic Nightmare" won a unanimous points decision against Sherman "The Tank" Williams - the WBO's previous number ten. In their latest Rankings, 28-year-old Helenius is back as the number one ranked boxer.

Kubrat Pulev has also been enjoying some very successful months. The prodigy of coach Otto Ramin first laced his gloves as a professional back in September of 2009. In his debut fight as a pro, he beat Romanian Florian Benche on points. Since then, the 31-year-old has won every single one of his 17 fights and boasts a perfect record. The big break came this year after beating Alexander Dimitrenko to claim the European Championship on Mai 5 in Erfurt, Germany. Another victory followed on September 29, when the Bulgarian took on the 140-Kilo colossus Alexander Ustinov in Hamburg. Hence, the move up to first place of the official IBF (International Boxing Federation) rankings was just a matter of time.

The current WBO and IBF Champion is Wladimir Klitschko. The Ukrainian also holds the WBA (World Boxing Association) Super Champion status. The regular WBA Champion is Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 17 Kos), who is signed to Team Sauerland just like Helenius and Pulev. "The hunt for Wladimir Klitschko is on. First, he will have to face mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin.

Once that fight has happened, we will see if Klitschko is still the champion," said a confident Kalle Sauerland. "We already have one heavyweight world champion in Povetkin. With Robert Helenius and Kubrat  Pulev we have two more fighters who capable of taking the belts of Klitschko. Added to that, we also have 24-year-old heavyweight hopeful Edmund Gerber in our ranks. But before we can start thinking of anything else, Klitschko has to face Povetkin."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Weltschmerz on 11-22-2012

[QUOTE=HooksInYou;12724250]I don't know why people esteem Povetkin so lowly. He's beaten Byrd, Chambers, and Chagaev. He may have been out of shape in the past, but I think he has it under control now.[/QUOTE] Probably because of the Huck fight…

Comment by White_Knight on 11-22-2012

[QUOTE=techliam;12721844]Pulev is a top contender. Probably has no chance, but he's a good fighter. Helenius and Povetkin are jokes. Both should have losses. Povetkin should carry on with the WBA regular title, he makes it irrelevant[/QUOTE] I don't know why…

Comment by Weltschmerz on 11-22-2012

They are all good opponents. Povetkin first,he cannot hide much longer

Comment by Enzo Mc is SHIT on 11-21-2012

Helenius wouldn't fare any better than Mormeck. The guy's a clown.

Comment by Alpha & Omega on 11-21-2012

I will say this, if Wlad fights from here out the way he fought Wach, NO heavyweight is beating him. Wach having an iron inhuman chin is the only reason he survived. Wlad fought better than he has in a…

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