Tuesday, August 8, 2023

BREAKING: Helenius Steps In To Face Joshua, Card To Go On As Scheduled

It has been announced that longtime Heavyweight contender and former European Heavyweight champion Robert Helenius will step in on a little more than four days notice to face former two-time Heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua on Saturday, August 12th at the O2 Arena in London, England. Helenius steps in after the originally scheduled rematch between Joshua and former world title challenger Dillian Whyte was cancelled by promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing following Whyte testing positive for a yet to be named banned substance, which was described by Matchroom as quote "An adverse finding" in a test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) in which both Joshua and Whyte are enrolled.

Although Helenius is stepping in on less than a week's notice, he is coming off of a third round knockout win on August 5th against a previously unbeaten fighter named Mika Mielonen in his native Finland. It was Helenius' first fight since suffering a one punch first round knockout loss to former WBC Heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder in October of last year. Coincidentally, if Joshua is successful in this fight, he might face Wilder later this year in a fight rumored to take place in Saudi Arabia.

Helenius stepping in has saved the scheduled card from complete cancellation, which will be broadcast globally on digital subscription sports streaming network DAZN. In light of the cancellation of the Joshua-Whyte rematch, which was to be available through DAZN Pay-Per-View in select international markets outside of the United States, it has been announced that the Joshua-Helenius card will be made available as part of a standard DAZN monthly or annual subscription plan without any additional fee.

We will have coverage of Joshua-Helenius over the coming days here on the website and will keep readers updated on any additional developments as they become available. Stay tuned.

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