Dillian Whyte wins forgettable fight with unambitious Robert Helenius

Dillian Whyte wins forgettable fight with unambitious Robert Helenius

London’s Dillian Whyte (22-1, 16KO) colleted an uneventful decision win against Finland’s unambitious Robert Helenius (25-2, 16KO) in a forgettable heavyweight fight at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

The judges scored the contest 119-109, 119-109 and 118-110 in favour of Whyte, who wasn’t able to do much to get fans excited as the Chief Support to Anthony Joshua’s (19-0, 19KO) IBF and WBA world title defence against Carlos Takam (35-3-1, 27KO).

Helenius opted to box off the back foot and he managed to out-manoeuvre Whyte in the opening two rounds, stinging the ‘Body Snatcher’ with right hands to slow his pressure. However, the Fin was sticking to the ropes for longer periods in the third round and Whyte was able to step in with meaty body shots to slow the circling.

Helenius’ output seemed to drastically dip in the fourth round and with a further eight sessions left, it was a wonder whether he was empty or just choosing to converse his energy at an early stage. The answer soon became evident. Whyte’s enthusiasm helped him collect the fifth round, a session where he landed a particularly eye catching uppercut.

There was little to deter him coming forward and Whyte began to easily negate Helenius’ height and reach advantages, even attempting audacious overhand rights – shots that were sometimes crude and only hit the top rope.

What followed through the middle and championship rounds was much of the same; low quality and low quantity. Whyte was doing what he needed to do to win, though it didn’t take a lot to surpass Helenius’ effort, which can probably be explained by the short notice he received.

Since a destructive local derby knockout defeat to Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19KO) in 2015, Whyte has responded well with six consecutive wins, including a bloody Fight of the Year candidate against Derek Chisora (27-7, 19KO) – another all London derby.

Helenius is a two-time European champion, though one of those wins came in a hotly disputed points victory over London’s Chisora in 2011. Since then, the ‘Nordic Nightmare’ has only fought nine times in six years due to a contractual wrangling with Suaerland Promotions.

The winner would gain the WBC Silver heavyweight title and put them in a position to challenge the organisation’s top fighter, America’s hard hitting Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37KO), who is still searching for defining nights.

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