Anthony Joshua fought Robert Helenius in a heavyweight bout on August 12, 2023. Check below for the complete details on the boxing event.
When & Where was Anthony Joshua vs Robert Helenius?
Joshua vs Helenius take place on August 12, 2023. The location was The O2 Arena in London, UK. The main card of the event started at 2 PM ET/7 PM BST. The prelims card started at 12:15 PM ET.
How to Watch
Joshua vs Helenius is set to be presented by Dazn. It will be available to watch for free for all the Dazn subscribers across the world including countries like United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and rest of the world.
- Anthony Joshua vs Robert Helenius – 12 rounds, Heavyweight Bout
- Anthony Joshua won via KO at 1:27 of round 7
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- Derek Chisora won via unanimous decision (96-94, 97-94, 98-93)
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- Filip Hrgovic won via TKO at 1:01 of round 12
- Johnny Fisher vs Harry Armstrong – 10 rounds bout for British Southern Area Heavyweight Championship
- Johnny Fisher won via TKO at 1:19 of round 7
- Campbell Hatton vs Tom Ansell, 8 round, Super Lightweight Bout
- Campbell Hatton won via points (78-74)
- George Liddard vs Radek Rousal, 6 rounds, Middleweight Bout
- George Liddard won via points (59-55)
- Brandon Scott vs Louis Norman, 6 rounds, Featherweight Bout
- Brandon Scott won via points (60-54)
- Maisey Rose Courtney vs Gemma Ruegg, 6 rounds, Super Flyweight Bout
- Maisey Rose Courtney won via points (60-54)
Anthony Joshua was supposed to fight Dillian Whyte in a rematch at an important juncture of their respective careers. However, Whyte was found positive for banned substances, a news which was revealed just 1 week before the fight.
Joshua, former unified heavyweight champion, was on a path of a resurgence where he was trying to prove himself to be of World Championship pedigree. The fight against Whyte was the second step of his 3-fight plan for 2023. However, Whyte was later replaced with Helenius.
Joshua in Recent Fights
Anthony Joshua had just bounced back from back-to-back losses to Oleksandr Uysk by beating Jermaine Franklin in April this year. Joshua won his unified heavyweight titles back from Andy Ruiz in December 2019. Then, he successfully defended them against Kubrat Pulev in December 2020. Usyk defeated Joshua via unanimous decision to take away the WBA, WBO & IBF heavyweight titles from him in September 2021. In the rematch, Usyk was able to get a decision in his favor once again.
Joshua was now looking to mount another charge towards the title. Beating Franklin was the first step in that plan. Whyte was expected to be another stepping stone in this direction before Joshua takes on a big fight against Deontay Wilder next. Was he able to achieve the same result against Helenius?
Helenius in Recent Fights
Helenius made a name for himself with back-to-back wins over previously undefeated Adam Kownacki. But then, he lost to Deontay Wilder via knockout in the first round itself in October 2022. He then bounce back with a win over Mika Mielonen on August 5, 2023, just days before replacing Whyte to face Joshua.
The undercard featured three more heavyweight bouts. 2 unbeaten heavyweights clash as Croatia’s Filip Hrgovic faces Australia’s Demsey McKean. McKean won IBF Intercontinental Heavyweight title in his last bout in October 2022 via a third-round knockout of Patrick Korke. Hrgovic is coming off a close but controversial win over Zhilei Zhang on the undercard of Usyk vs Joshua 2 event.
Two veterans in Derek Chisora and Gerald Washington clashed in the co-main event. Johnny Fisher, an unbeaten heavyweight prospect, took on Harry Armstrong with British Southern Area Heavyweight title on the line. Fisher already had two wins in 2023 while Armstrong suffered his first career loss earlier this year.