Robert Helenius Wins Split Decision Over Yury Bykhautsou

By Per Ake Persson

The Nordic Nightmare, heavyweight contender Robert Helenius, 26-2, won an eight round split decision last night in Tallin, Estonia, against Belarus fighter Yury Bykhautsou, 10-15-3.

It was scored 77-76 twice for Helenius and 78-75 for Bykhatsou.

It was the first fight for Helenius, after losing a one-sided twelve round decision to British contender Dillian Whyte last October at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, as part of the Anthony Joshua vs. Carlos Takam undercard. If Helenius would have won that fight, he would have been in line to face current WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder, as Whyte was the number one challenger.

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In his most recent fight, Helenius once again injured his right hand and this happened very early in the contest, right in the first round and that made things much harder as he worked almost exclusively with the left throughout the fight.

However, Bykhautsou, much smaller than his opponent, was able to work his way through the left and get Helenius to the ropes where he whaled away with big hooks from both hands with some landing and that made the fight even and many rounds difficult to score.

Even when taking into account the injured right hand, it was not an impressive performance from Helenius, who appeared to lack the necessary fighting spirit - and even with the right hand out of the picture he wasn't really using the left that much to hook with.

The plan for Robert was to have another fight in the spring, but it will probably be a long rest instead to allow the injury to heal.

Prior to the bout with Whyte, Helenius had built up a three fight win streak and all three of those by knockout, over the usual suspects like Konstantin Airich and Gonzalo Omar Basile. This victories helped him bounce back from a knockout loss to Johann Duhaupas in April fo 2016.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kimboslice7 on 03-19-2018

That's true jkp.but both fighters should have just stayed was a nightmare to watch.yawn session at it's finest.

Comment by Jkp on 03-19-2018

[QUOTE=kimboslice7;18584104]Redemption for helenius in that hideous terrible fight between him and dillian whyte[/QUOTE] He had 5 days training for the whyte fight. He was completely gassed after 2 rounds and whyte still couldn't get near him.

Comment by kimboslice7 on 03-18-2018

Redemption for helenius in that hideous terrible fight between him and dillian whyte

Comment by Randomum on 03-18-2018

I have not followed him much. What exactly happened to his voice? It was changed from a fight injury?

Comment by BigZ44 on 03-18-2018

Yeah, Helenius is probably done as a contender. Another guy that looked like he was on his way to a significant level of success, but never got there. Probably time to start looking at retirement or becoming a journeyman

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