Robert Helenius

“The Nordic Nightmare”

RECORD

30 - 3 - 0

KOs

19

Weight 243 lbs (110.45 kg)

Age 36

Home Mariehamn,  

Complete Stats

One of the world's best heavyweight, Robert Helenius has proven that he can box and bang with the world's most elite big men. Read Bio

Last Fight

Last Fight

win vs Adam Kownacki

Mar 07, 2020 / Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Helenius walked away victorious with a RD4 TKO.

Fights

Robert Helenius Fights

WIN vs Adam Kownacki 20-1-0

Mar 07, 2020 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Adam Kownacki LOSES to Robert Helenius by in Round 3 of 12

Win vs Mateus Roberto Osorio 9-4-0

Nov 30, 2019 Vaba Lava, Narva, Estonia

Robert Helenius WINS against Mateus Roberto Osorio by TKO in Round 2 of 8

WIN vs Erkan Teper 19-2-0

Sep 29, 2018 Ritter-Sport-Stadion, Waldenbuch, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Erkan Teper LOSES to Robert Helenius by KO in Round 8 of 12

Win vs Yury Bykhautsou 10-16-3

Aug 11, 2018 Operastage, Olavinlinna, Savonlinna, Finland

Robert Helenius WINS against Yury Bykhautsou by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Yury Bykhautsou 10-14-3

Mar 17, 2018 Rakvere Spordikeskus, Rakvere, Estonia

Robert Helenius WINS against Yury Bykhautsou by SD in Round 8 of 8

LOSS vs Dillian Whyte 21-1-0

Oct 28, 2017 Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Dillian Whyte WINS against Robert Helenius by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Evgeny Orlov 17-14-1

Jun 17, 2017 Kalev, Tallinn, Estonia

Robert Helenius WINS against Evgeny Orlov by RTD in Round 6 of 10

Win vs Gonzalo Omar Basile 68-11-0

Dec 17, 2016 Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland

Robert Helenius WINS against Gonzalo Omar Basile by TKO in Round 1 of 12

Win vs Konstantin Airich 23-17-2

Sep 10, 2016 Baltic Hall, Mariehamn, Finland

Robert Helenius WINS against Konstantin Airich by KO in Round 1 of 8

Loss vs Johann Duhaupas 32-2-0

Apr 02, 2016 Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland

Robert Helenius LOSES to Johann Duhaupas by KO in Round 6 of 12

Win vs Franz Rill 11-0-0

Dec 19, 2015 Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland

Robert Helenius WINS against Franz Rill by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Beka Lobjanidze 6-2-0

Jun 13, 2015 Vaasa Areena, Vaasa, Finland

Robert Helenius WINS against Beka Lobjanidze by KO in Round 3 of 8

Win vs Andras Csomor 11-4-1

Mar 21, 2015 Tondiraba Ice Hall, Tallinn, Estonia

Robert Helenius WINS against Andras Csomor by TKO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Michael Sprott 37-19-0

Mar 23, 2013 GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany

Robert Helenius WINS against Michael Sprott by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Sherman Williams 35-11-2

Nov 10, 2012 Ice Hall, Helsinki, Finland

Robert Helenius WINS against Sherman Williams by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Dereck Chisora 15-1-0

Dec 03, 2011 Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland

Robert Helenius WINS against Dereck Chisora by SD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Siarhei Liakhovich 25-3-0

Aug 27, 2011 Messehalle, Erfurt, Thüringen, Germany

Robert Helenius WINS against Siarhei Liakhovich by TKO in Round 9 of 12

Win vs Samuel Peter 34-4-0

Apr 02, 2011 Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Robert Helenius WINS against Samuel Peter by KO in Round 9 of 12

Win vs Attila Levin 34-3-0

Nov 27, 2010 Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland

Robert Helenius WINS against Attila Levin by TKO in Round 2 of 12

Win vs Gregory Tony 12-0-0

Aug 21, 2010 Messehalle, Erfurt, Thüringen, Germany

Robert Helenius WINS against Gregory Tony by TKO in Round 6 of 12

Win vs Gbenga Oluokun 17-3-0

Mar 26, 2010 Toolon Kisahalli, Helsinki, Finland

Robert Helenius WINS against Gbenga Oluokun by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Lamon Brewster 35-5-0

Jan 30, 2010 Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

Robert Helenius WINS against Lamon Brewster by TKO in Round 8 of 10

Win vs Taras Bidenko 26-3-0

Nov 07, 2009 Arena Nürnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg (Nürnberg), Bayern, Germany

Robert Helenius WINS against Taras Bidenko by RTD in Round 3 of 8

Win vs Serdar Uysal 9-7-2

Aug 29, 2009 Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Robert Helenius WINS against Serdar Uysal by KO in Round 6 of 8

Win vs Scott Gammer 18-3-1

May 30, 2009 Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland

Robert Helenius WINS against Scott Gammer by KO in Round 6 of 8

Win vs Ozcan Cetinkaya 15-4-1

May 09, 2009 Jako-Arena, Bamberg, Bayern, Germany

Robert Helenius WINS against Ozcan Cetinkaya by TKO in Round 2 of 8

Win vs Enrico Garmendia 11-2-1

Feb 28, 2009 Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

Robert Helenius WINS against Enrico Garmendia by TKO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Remigijus Ziausys 7-17-1

Nov 28, 2008 Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland

Robert Helenius WINS against Remigijus Ziausys by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Nikola Vujasinovic 3-0-0

Nov 08, 2008 Jako-Arena, Bamberg, Bayern, Germany

Robert Helenius WINS against Nikola Vujasinovic by UD in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Engin Solmaz 3-18-3

Sep 05, 2008 Nojesfabriken, Karlstad, Sweden

Robert Helenius WINS against Engin Solmaz by UD in Round 4 of 4

Win vs David Vicena 2-10-2

Jun 07, 2008 Mellringehallen, Orebro, Sweden

Robert Helenius WINS against David Vicena by UD in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Gene Pukall 14-11-2

May 17, 2008 Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, Bayern, Germany

Robert Helenius WINS against Gene Pukall by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Stats

Robert Helenius “The Nordic Nightmare”

  • WINS 30
  • LOSSES 3
  • DRAWS 0
  • KOs 19

Weight 243 lbs (110.45 kg)

Height 6'" (2 m)

Reach 79" (201 cm)

  • Born

    January 02, 1984
  • Age

    36
  • Country

    Finland
  • Born in

    Stockholm
  • Trains in

    Mariehamn
  • Stance

    Orthodox
  • Rounds Boxed

    189
  • KO Percentage

    57.58%
  • Boxing Hero

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Bio

Robert Helenius Bio

Nicknamed "The Nordic Nightmare," Robert Helenius has notched a number of impressive victories over the world's finest heavyweights. His latest resurgence has moved him within reach of the ultimate goal: The heavyweight championship.

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Like Father, Like Son

Robert Helenius was born in Sweden, moved with his family to Finland at the age of two, and has dual citizenship as a result, which has allowed him to become an attraction in each of those countries. 

Helenius began boxing at five, inheriting the legacy from his father.

“My father was a boxing trainer and he himself had boxed in Sweden,” said Helenius, in a recent story on FightSports. “When we moved back to Finland he just took me and my brothers with him to training and we kind of got stuck there. I’ve been training since I was about 10-11 years old. I have over 200 amateur fights.”

A towering, heavily-bearded 6-foot-6 ½, Helenius won a bronze medal in both the 2000 at the European Cadets’ Under-17 championships and the 2001 Junior European Championships. 

Helenius also was a runner-up at both the Finnish Amateur Boxing Championships in 2002 and the European Amateur Boxing Championships in 2006.

“After that, I got a professional contract and moved to Germany,” said Helenius. “I lived there for six years, boxed many fights there and now I’m boxing here [in America.]”

A 24-year-old Helenius debuted professionally in May 2008. His three-knockdown, first-round stoppage of Gene Pukall was followed by four-round unanimous decisions over David Vicena (June), Engin Solmaz (September), and Nikola Vujasinovic and Remigijus Ziausys—the last two being separated by 20 days in November. 

“The Nordic Nightmare” stopped all five of his rivals in 2009 comprising TKOs over Enrico Garmendia (February) and Ozcan Cetinkaya (May) in the first and second rounds, a third-round stoppage of Taras Bidenko (November) and a pair of six-round knockouts of Scott Gammer (May) and Serdar Uysal (August), with Cetinkaya and Gammer being separated by 21 days. 

Helenius vs. Peter: April 2, 2011 (Courtesy of Finnish Boxing)

Taking Down Former Champions

Helenius went 4-0 (3 KOs) in 2010, starting with an impressive eighth-round TKO of former champion Lamon Brewster in January.  

In succession Helenius then vanquished Gbenga Oluokun (March) by eight-round unanimous decision before stopping previously unbeaten Gregory Tony (August) and Attila Levin (November) in the sixth and second rounds.

Helenius began 2011 with back-to-back ninth-round knockouts of ex-champions Samuel Peter (April) and Siarhei Liakhovich (August) before overcoming rugged title challenger Dereck Chisora (December) by split-decision, who slipped to 15-2 (9 KOs). It was a solid year for him, moving him toward world title contention.

Fighting once each in 2012 and 2013, Helenius earned 10-round unanimous decisions over Sherman Williams (November) and Michael Sprott (March). Helenius then improved to rose to 22-0 (13 KOs) in 2015 with a third-round knockout of Beka Lobjanidze (June) and a 10-round unanimous decision over Franz Rill (December), who entered at 12-0 (7 KOs).

Kownacki vs. Helenius: March 7, 2020 (PBC on FOX)

Back & Better Than Ever

Helenius went 2-1 in 2016, a sixth-round knockout loss to former title challenger Johann “Reptile” Duhaupas (April) preceding 49- and 48-second stoppage victories over Konstantin Airich (September) and Gonzalo Omar Basile (December).

 

But Helenius’ sixth-round stoppage of Evgeny Orlov in June 2017 was followed by October's 10-round unanimous decision loss to former title challenger Dillian Whyte.

“The Nordic Nightmare” won thrice more in 2018 before losing again in 2019. Consecutive split- and unanimous decisions over Yury Bykhautsou in March and August were followed by an eighth-round knockout of Erkan Teper (19-2, 12 KOs entering) before Helenius was stopped in the eighth round by title challenger Gerald Washington (July).

Helenius rebounded with November’s second-round TKO of Mateus Roberto Osorio, setting him up for a bout versus rising unbeaten slugger Adam Kownacki in March 2020. 

“Baby Face” Kownacki was to host Helenius before his hometown crowd at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, where his own second-round TKO loss of Washington (January 2019) preceded the latter’s triumph over Helenius. Kownacki entered at 20-0 with 15 knockouts, including 8-0 with five KOs at Barclays. 

“This is the fight I have been waiting for. All of the years of training and fighting will pay off when we fight on March 7,” said Helenius.

“Kownacki is about to feel the strength of Thor's hammer. I respect him for taking this fight, but he chose the wrong opponent. This is not going to be a fight; it's going to be a war. I will be the last man standing."

Helenius’ was prophetic, his fourth-round right to the jaw dropping Kownacki to one knee, and his subsequent left hook flooring him once more before a barrage of blows forced a referee’s stoppage. The fourth-round TKO silenced a boisterous, predominantly-Polish crowd of 8,811.

“The first thing that my coach said to me was, ‘Let’s make Brooklyn quiet.’ I did that. I remember landing two shots. I knew he was hurt, so I was just trying to knock him out,” said Helenius. 

“I knew that he wouldn’t recover, so I just tried harder to knock him out or to get the referee to come in and stop the fight. I’m a two-time European champ and a soon to be world champ.”