Anthony Joshua vs Robert Helenius glorious fight tonigh, Anthony Joshua resumes his comeback against Robert Helenius on Saturday night at the O2 Arena, live on DAZN.
Helenius, on the other hand, was not scheduled to appear on the program this weekend. Instead, “The Nordic Nightmare” was brought in as a last-minute replacement after Dillian Whyte failed a VADA test.
Fans will be looking for Joshua’s typical knockout finish, which has helped him become one of boxing’s biggest stars, regardless of who is in the other corner. With the possibility of facing former WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder next, Joshua will need to make a statement ahead of what could be one of the biggest fights in recent memory.
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What time is Anthony Joshua vs. Robert Helenius today (ET and PT)?
Joshua vs. Helenius will be on August 12. The main card starts at 7 p.m. local time, which is 2 p.m. ET and 11 a.m. PT.
Both fighters should make their way to the ring at around 10.15 p.m. BST (5.15 p.m. ET, 2.15 p.m. PT), depending on how long the undercard fights last. Here’s how that translates to different timezones globally:
Where is Anthony Joshua vs. Robert Helenius?
Joshua vs. Helenius takes place at the O2 Arena in London. The arena can hold up to 20,000 people.
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Anthony Joshua is eager to remain active, so when former nemesis Dillian Whyte was dropped from the O2 Arena card with only seven days’ notice, the first priority was to find AJ a substitute opponent.
Whyte failed a VADA test, effectively ending his long-awaited rematch with Joshua, and possibly his career as a credible heavyweight contender. Former two-time European champion Robert Helenius will take his place, having knocked off some ring rust on Saturday with a third-round knockout of the unknown Mika Mielonen.
Helenius, on the other hand, is in fighting shape. The bad news is that he’s been put as a +1000 underdog to derail Joshua, who is searching for ring time ahead of a possible fight with former WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
Will Joshua brush Helenius aside and confront “The Bronze Bomber,” or will “The Nordic Nightmare” pull off one of the biggest heavyweight upsets in history?
A battle with Anthony Joshua was too wonderful to pass up for Robert Helenius.
To use a baseball comparison, ‘The Nordic Nightmare’ is in the ninth inning of his career. Helenius received the biggest offer of his career to meet Deontay Wilder after winning multiple upset victories over Adam Kownacki.
Finally, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ returned in spectacular manner, winning a knockout last October. Helenius confessed that he was considering retirement after the setback. It made sense with his title ambitions shattered and reaching his forties.
Helenius has been a fringe heavyweight contender for most of his career, but he knocked out Adam Kownacki as a more than 6/1 underdog in 2020. Helenius did it again against Kownacki nineteen months later, indicating that if Joshua isn’t mentally prepared on Saturday, he could suffer a career-ending setback against Helenius.
Betting odds for Anthony Joshua vs. Robert Helenius
Per SkyBet, Anthony Joshua is the -2000 favorite, while Robert Helenius is the +1000 underdog.
Anthony Joshua record and bio
- Nationality: British
- Born: October 15, 1989
- Height: 6-6
- Reach: 82 inches
- Total fights: 28
- Record: 25-3 with 22 wins via knockout
Robert Helenius record and bio
- Nationality: Finnish
- Born: January 2, 1984
- Height: 6-6 ½
- Reach: 79 inches
- Total fights: 36
- Record: 32-4 with 21 wins via knockout
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