Anthony Joshua vs Robert Helenius Tonight: Viewing Details & Start Time

08/12/2023 - No comments

Robert Helenius, known as “The Nordic Nightmare,” has been tapped to face Anthony Joshua in a 12-round main event at The O2 in London. The fight, taking place tonight is accessible to fans live worldwide on DAZN as part of their regular subscription.

This switch comes after a sudden turn of events when the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) revealed adverse findings in a random anti-doping protocol for Joshua’s original opponent, Dillian Whyte. Consequently, the Joshua-Whyte fight was canceled, leading to a swift reorganization.

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The sold-out event will now feature not just the Joshua-Helenius bout but also a massive night of Heavyweight action in London’s capital. The undercard includes intriguing matchups like Filip Hrgovic vs. Demsey McKean for the IBF Mandatory World Title, the comeback of Derek Chisora against America’s Gerald Washington, and the talented Johnny Fisher taking on Torquay’s Harry Armstrong.

Further down the card, other notable fights promise to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. From Super-Lightweight Campbell Hatton’s fight with Tom Ansell to George Liddard’s pursuit of another knockout, the night is teeming with talent and potential.

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Reflecting on the unexpected change, Joshua stated that the fight against Helenius wasn’t in the original plan but emphasized his focus and respect for his opponent. Helenius, on the other hand, expressed his excitement and determination to seize this sudden opportunity.

Matchroom Sport chairman Eddie Hearn acknowledged the disappointment of the original fight’s cancellation but praised Joshua’s professionalism and hunger for the sport. He also defended the choice of Helenius as a suitable replacement, describing it as a “tricky and dangerous fight” despite criticism.

The event has successfully pivoted from an unfortunate situation, and with a fighter like Helenius, who can “really punch” and stands at 6ft 8in, it’s shaping up to be a captivating night of boxing. Fans who pre-ordered the pay-per-view via DAZN can claim a refund, but the expectation is that many will stay tuned.

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