10th December 2023

Dillian Whyte’s newest failed medicine check put a damper on Anthony Joshua’s struggle evening plans for August 12. Regardless of that, the present should go on, so Matchroom Boxing sourced an opponent for the previous two-time unified champion on one week’s discover — Robert Helenius.

Joshua vs. Helenius takes place on the O2 Area in London. The 12-round bout, plus undercard motion, will air on DAZN worldwide (not PPV within the U.Okay. as initially meant).

A 2012 Olympic gold medalist, Joshua beat Charles Martin in 2016 for the IBF heavyweight title. It was his first style of world title gold however not his final. “AJ” beat Wladimir Klitschko for the vacant WBA belt and Joseph Parker for the WBO title.

The 33-year-old boxer-puncher has gone 3-2 in his final 5 contests, shedding after which regaining championship standing in two bouts towards Andy Ruiz Jr. earlier than being dethroned by Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua rebounded with a factors win over Jermaine Franklin in April and should get previous Helenius to maintain his big-fight plans intact.

WATCH: Anthony Joshua vs. Robert Helenius, dwell on DAZN

“This wasn’t within the script,” stated Joshua. “I respect Helenius, and should I say, I respect any male or feminine who steps into the ring. I’m laser-focused on the win. I could make steps ahead to larger and higher issues, however the street map has a checkpoint: Saturday evening. Could the very best man win.”

A former two-time European heavyweight champion, Helenius is 3-1 in his final 4 fights. After shedding to Gerald Washington in 2019, he went on a three-fight win streak, which included an upset over Adam Kownacki in what was the final main boxing bout earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic shut the whole lot down in March 2020. In a rematch with Kownacki in October 2021, Helenius once more walked out victorious. 

Regardless of being the highest contender for the WBA heavyweight title, Helenius confronted former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in October, shedding to “The Bronze Bomber” through first-round knockout. “The Nordic Nightmare” returned to motion on Staurday previous, beating Mika Mielonen through TKO. The 39-year-old is able to shock the world heading into this short-notice affair. 

“I’m enthusiastic about preventing Anthony Joshua on August 12,” stated Helenius. “I’m a real Viking that’s prepared to face any problem at a second’s discover. This isn’t a possibility I used to be going to let slip away. I plan to take advantage of it!”

Right here’s all it is advisable find out about Joshua and Helenius, with up to date occasions, odds, and card data. 

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When is Anthony Joshua vs. Robert Helenius?

Joshua vs. Helenius will likely be on August 12.  The primary card begins at 7 p.m. native time, which is 2 p.m. ET. Each fighters ought to make their strategy to the ring round 10:15 p.m. BST (5:15 p.m. ET), relying on how lengthy the undercard fights final. Here is how that interprets to totally different timezones globally: 

Area Date Major Card Begin Time Major Occasion Ring Walks (approx.)
USA and Canada (ET) Saturday, August 12 2 p.m. ET 5:15 p.m. ET
USA and Canada (PT) Saturday, August 12 11 a.m. PT 2:15 p.m. PT
UK and Eire Saturday, August 12 7 p.m. BST 10:15 p.m. BST
Australia Sunday, August 13 Four a.m. AEST 7:15 a.m. AEST

Tips on how to watch Anthony Joshua vs. Robert Helenius

Area TV channel Stay streaming
Canada DAZN
UK and Eire DAZN 1 HD DAZN
Australia DAZN

The Anthony Joshua vs. Robert Helenius struggle card will likely be accessible through DAZN. It’s going to now not be a PPV within the U.Okay.

WATCH: Anthony Joshua vs. Robert Helenius, dwell on DAZN

Now accessible as a Sky channel, DAZN 1 HD is unique to Sky.

Anthony Joshua vs. Robert Helenius value: How a lot does the cardboard price?

  • DAZN month-to-month subscription: $19.99 on a 12-month contract or $24.99 month-to-month in U.S. / $24.99 monthly in Canada / £9.99 within the U.Okay. on a 12-month contract or £19.99 month-to-month / 13.99 AUD
  • DAZN annual subscription: $224.99 in U.S., $199.99 in Canada, £99.99 within the U.Okay.

The place is Anthony Joshua vs. Robert Helenius?

Joshua vs. Helenius is contained in the O2 Area in London. The world can maintain as much as 20,000 individuals.

Joshua has fought contained in the O2 a number of occasions, his final struggle there in April when he beat Jermaine Franklin through unanimous choice. 

Betting odds for Anthony Joshua vs. Robert Helenius

In Canada, per Sports activities Interplay, Anthony Joshua is the -1672 favourite, whereas Robert Helenius is the +900 underdog. 

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Anthony Joshua report and bio 

  • Nationality: British
  • Born: October 15, 1989
  • Peak: 6-6
  • Attain: 82 inches
  • Whole fights: 28
  • File: 25-Three with 22 wins through knockout

Robert Helenius report and bio

  • Nationality: Finnish
  • Born: January 2, 1984
  • Peak: 6-6 ½
  • Attain: 79 inches
  • Whole fights: 36
  • File: 32-4 with 21 wins through knockout

Anthony Joshua vs. Robert Helenius struggle card

  • Anthony Joshua vs. Robert Helenius; Heavyweights
  • Filip Hrgovic vs. Demsey McKean; Heavyweights 
  • Derek Chisora vs. Gerald Washington; Heavyweights
  • Johnny Fisher vs. Harry Armstrong; Heavyweights
  • Campbell Hatton vs. Tom Ansell; Heavyweights
  • Maisey Rose Courtney vs. Gemma Ruegg; Tremendous Flyweights
  • George Liddard vs. Radek Rousal; Middleweights

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