Anthony Joshua To Fight Robert Helenius After Dillian Whyte Doping Scandal
Matchroom Boxing has announced that Anthony Joshua will face The Nordic Viking, Robert Helenius in London on Saturday at the O2 arena.
— 258MGT (@258mgt) August 7, 2023
We saw the Finn beat Mika Mielonen by stoppage on Saturday and Helenius has now stepped up to take the place of Dillian Whyte following a failed drugs test.
On fighting Helenius, Joshua said, “This wasn’t in the script, I respect Helenius and may I say, I respect any male or female who steps into the ring. I am laser focused on the win. I can make steps forward to bigger and better things, but the road map has a check point, Saturday night. May the best man win.”
Joshua had been set to fight WBC ex-interim heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte but the Body Snatcher sensationally failed a pre-fight drugs test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association. Following ‘adverse analytical findings’ and cancellation of the fight with Joshua, Matchroom promised a “full investigation”.
Whyte has maintained that he is ‘completely innocent’ in the wake of the test, stating on social media that he is ‘shocked and devastated’ at the results of the voluntary test.
— Dillian Whyte (@DillianWhyte) August 5, 2023
The likes of Derek Chisora, Gerald Washington, Filip Hrgovic and Demsey McKean were speculated to be potential replacements for Whyte but Robert Helenius was confirmed this morning.
I am excited about fighting Anthony Joshua on August 12,I am a true Viking that is willing to face any challenge at a moment’s notice. This is not an opportunity I was going to let slip away. I plan to make the most of it. Helenius
With a 32-4 record, Helenius’s most recent victory last Saturday saw him score a TKO in the third round against fellow Finn, Mika Mielonen. For Joshua, a win against the 6ft 6 Nordic Viking would set him up for his long-awaited fight with Deontay Wilder, which could happen early next year.