Tyson Fury is “easier” than Oleksandr Usyk, says Robert Helenius, who is close to fighting for the world title: “I would eliminate Fury” | Boxing news

Robert Helenius insisted that there was no longer a “deserved candidate” who would receive a mandatory shot at Oleksandr Usyk, but also warned that Tyson Fury “was an easier style for me.”

The Finnish veteran exploded into the fight for the world title with his two best results in his career – gradual knockout wins over the undefeated Adam Kownacki.

Helenius’s “Nordic Nightmare” ranks 3rd in the WBA, whose belt holds Usyk, and demands that he be appointed as a mandatory challenger.

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Robert Helenius appeared in the world title film

“Right now we are waiting for a formal response from the WBA, this is my first priority,” Helenius said Sky Sports.

“My lawyer informed the WBA in writing, I paid the penalty fees and there is no meritorious candidate to fight Usyk in the WBA other than me.

“I fully expect to be officially appointed compulsory.

“I deserve it and I will fight outside the ring as hard as I did in the ring for my opportunity.”

Usyk is set to defend his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles in a rematch against Anthony Joshua.

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Tyson Fury disassembled Deontay Wilder twice

Brit Daniel Dubois is in the No. 1 WBA rankings and is heading for a duel with Trevor Bryan, who holds a “regular” governing body belt.

Michael Hunter is in second place.

Helenius, who shared the ring with Derek Chisora ​​and Dillian Whyt, also proved to be an unexpected way to face Fury.

Adam Kownacki, Robert Helenius
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Helenius twice KO’d Adam Kownacki

Fury is negotiating to defend his WBC belt against the obligated challenger Whyte, but has not yet reached an agreement, despite marking March 26 as his preferred return date.

Helenius and Andy Ruiz Jr. have been cited as alternatives to Whyte by Bob Arum, who promotes Fury in the US.

“I heard Bob Arum and others mentioned their name about a possible fight against Fury in March,” Helenius said.

“Of course I feel like beating Fury.

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Helenius thinks Fury is ‘easier to defeat’ than Usyk

“He looked great against Deontay Wilder, but he would find a much less favorable style against me.

“I’d kick out Fury.

“It’s an easier style for me than Usyk.”

The race to be appointed as the mandatory challenger for each of the four governing bodies is in full swing as Fury prepares for the expected fight with Whyt and Usyk prepares to meet Joshua again.

Robert Helenius, Adam Kownacki
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Helenius, 38, was a loser when he first met Kownacki

Joe Joyce is 1st according to the WBO, Filip Hrgovič is 1st in the IBF and Whyte is a mandatory WBC challenger.

Helenius said: “I leave the business page to my manager Markus Sundman and our adviser Mike Bora – whoever comes, Usyk, Fury, whoever, I’ll be ready.

“I feel better now than ever in my career. I’ll win a world title.”

Sky Sports Box schedule

Sunday, January 16 – Top Rank in New York
Joe Smith Jr. vs. Steve Geffrard – WBO title in lightweight

Sunday, January 30 – Best position in Tulsa
Robson Conceicao vs Xavier Martinez – WBC title eliminator

Saturday, February 5 (targeted) – BOXXER in Cardiff
Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Liam Williams
Claressa Shields vs. Ema Kozin – IBF, WBA and WBC medium weight titles

Saturday, February 19 – BOXXER in Manchester
Amir Khan vs Kell Brook
Frazer Clark’s professional debut

Saturday, February 26 – BOXXER and Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs. Jack Catterall – Undisputed super lightweight titles

Saturday, March 5 – Top Rank in Fresno
José Ramirez vs Jose Pedraza

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