Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland - WBA/WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Robert Helenius (17-0, 11 KOs) clinched the vacant European Heavyweight Title with a split decision victory over Dereck Chisora (15-2, 9 KOs). Backed by his ferocious home fans, Helenius hurt Chisora with a big right in the first round to kick off an exciting encounter that featured a lot of close rounds. Two judges ruled it 115-113 for Helenius, while the third judge scored it 115-113 for Chisora
This was the toughest fight of my life, Helenius said after going the distance for the first time in his professional career. I hurt my hand in the first round when I hit him and that affected me in the following rounds. The atmosphere was fantastic.
Chisora disagreed with the verdict. I won this fight, no doubt about it, was amongst the things he said at the post-fight press conference. I took the fight to him and I should have won.
Hall of Fame Promoter Wilfried Sauerland said he will negotiate a rematch. It was a lucky win for Robert, he stated. We will offer Chisora a rematch but first Robert has to make his mandatory defence against Dimitrenko.
On the undercard, WBA/WBC/WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (19-0, 5 KOs) defended her title collection with a tenth-round TKO victory over Kuulei Kupihea (7-2, 1 KO).Tags: Dereck Chisora , Robert Helenius , Helenius vs Chisora , Helenius-Chisora