Finnish heavyweight Robert Helenius defeated Siarhei Liakhovich yesterday, knocking out his third former world champion (after Brewster and Peter) in only his 16th pro fight. Huge guy at almost 6'7" and just 27 years old. Always looks a bit lumbering, doesn't jab well and lets the opponents get too close. But he has a very good chin and once he unloads it's lights out for the other guy. First barrage came in round 8 and Liakhovich had to take a knee. The end came quickly in the following round:
Also, Povetkin beat Chagaev clean on points at the same event to get his third shot at Wlad Klitschko. Neither fighter impressed at all. Whatever Atlas has been doing for the last 2 years while pulling Povetkin out of title bouts, it didn't really make the boxer better. Still has great workrate, still has bad defense and low endurance. Wladimir will knock him out if Povetkin/Atlas ever grow the balls to fight him. And Chagaev is just done. He had Povetkin hurt and in trouble in the 6th round but lacked the stamina to keep up the pressure. I'd give Holyfield (who was ringside) a chance against either of them.
I've been following Robert Helenius for few years and he is improving all the time...only 27 and has boxed pro only 4 years and have (T)KOed 3 former world champs...Brewster, Peter and Liakhovich...he has some serious power in his hands...Peter was seeing stars after the fight, Brewster accused after the lost (eye damage) that Helenius camp used fixed gloves...they LOLed at him. And Liakhovich's nose was broken from 2 places.
Helenius is still moving slow and is flat footed and his defense could be better but he has nice combos for a HW and FREAKIN HEAVY punches and is a good finisher.
I can't wait how he will look like in 2 years time.
Edit. Only thing I'm worried is Robert's right hand...it still haven't cured...he has pain it... and that hand got hurt was it like something 4 fights ago...
Today Vitali Klitschko is defending his WBC title in Poland against former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek. I absolutely doubt Adamek has what it takes to beat him but Vitali began to look vulnerable in his last fights. But he still looks in awesome shape for a 40 year old:
Valiant performance by Adamek but he probably should go back down to cruiserweight. Vitali hammered him once in the 2nd round and after that it stopped being a real fight. The difference in size and power was far too much to overcome. Vitali still with an amazing workrate for his age and in complete control every round.
Ortiz's has a very slight chance to win this fight. The punchers chance. I see Mayweather palying coy for the early rounds.... frustrating Ortiz and making him loose his composure. Ortiz will punch himself out and Floyd will win a TKO in the later rounds.
That out of the way... I hope Victor knocks Mayweather out in round one.