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Helenius Willing To Face Luis Ortiz or Andy Ruiz in Final Eliminator

Heavyweight contender Robert Helenius, who holds the WBA's 'gold' title at the weight, is waiting for news from the World Boxing Association with respect to a final eliminator.

Helenius shocked the division when he scored a knockout of undefeated top contender Adam Kownacki back in March at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The fight was a WBA eliminator and had the 'gold' belt at stake.

Helenius is currently in talks with Premier Boxing Champions to set down the final eliminator - against an opponent to be determined.

"I think they are going [into] that discussion now with PBC for the final eliminator fight," Helenius told Sky Sports. "I hope they are planning to do that."

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Helenius has no problem with fighting other PBC heavyweights in the final eliminator - including dangerous contenders Luis Ortiz or Andy Ruiz, who are both highly ranked by the WBA.

"Of course. I think anybody. I have to win every fight to get to a world championship fight, so I'm ready for anybody," Helenius said.

The winner of the final eliminator would become the mandatory challenger to current WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO champion Anthony Joshua.

Joshua is already scheduled for a mandatory fight with Kubrat Pulev, which is going to happen before the end of the year.

Helenius has sparred in the past with both Joshua and Pulev.

"Both are very good fighters, but they have very different styles," said Helenius. "It's going to be very interesting.

"He's [Joshua] a good sparring partner, so it's also scouting for me. I would know where he stands and how he can take me on. He could be good sparring."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by JSN006 on 07-12-2020

Ortiz would be silly to not take this. An eliminator and a looming title shot so soon, he is not getting any younger, plus covid setback. Also he needs to fight tall orthodox fighters as those are the champs today.…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 07-11-2020

Quote: Originally Posted by PunchyPotorff I have some reservations that Helenius can go all the way to the top... but I do think he's in the best place mentally he's been in a long time. Having said that, IMO he…

Comment by Vinnykin on 07-11-2020

Helenius took Whyte 12 rounds....... Helenius is capable of staying outside for 12 rounds and nullifying a come-forward fighter like Ruiz (on his day). Good fight and I'd like to see Helenius try to stay out of danger and maybe…

Comment by 15 Rounds again on 07-11-2020

[QUOTE=Watcherw1;20649012]rivas beat jennings and was praised as whytes best opponent ortiz beat jennings 4 years before, yet he is disregarded. stop it with the live talk[/QUOTE] Whyte has Parker on his record, who is better than Jennings. Chisora is better…

Comment by MulaKO on 07-11-2020

[QUOTE=Slowhand;20652053]Agreed. RH has been unlucky with injuries and promoters and trainers.. but he´s also been kinda naive with his choices. I´m glad he got one more chance to prove himself, the man can box and has power in both hands.…

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