WBA & WBO Intercontinental heavyweight champion Robert Helenius (16-0, 11 KOs), joined by WBA/WBC/WBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (18-0, 4 KOs), put in some hard work at Berlin´s Max-Schmeling-Gym. “The Nordic Nightmare” is preparing for a very dangerous opponent on December 3rd at  Helsinki´s renowned Hartwall Arena. He faces British boxer Dereck Chisora (15-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant European heavyweight title. Helenius wants to continue his string of battering victories. Five of his last six opponents have failed to go the distance and three of them were former heavyweight world champions.

On the same show, Braekhus defends against Kuulei Kupihea (7-1, 2 KOs). Both boxers are trained by eight-time German coach of the year Ulli Wegner.



In action on December 3 will be WBO & WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Robert Helenius (16-0, 11 KOs), who takes on an opponent to be announced. Ever since knocking out three former world champions – namely Lamon Brewster, Samuel Peter and Siarhei Liakhovich – Helenius is a superstar in Finland. “It´s a small country,” he said with a smile. “But the people love sports, especially boxing. It will be a great pleasure to fight in front of my hometown fans again. I know it will be very loud at Hartwall Areena on December 3.”
Helenius had already visited Helsinki last Thursday to attend a packed press conference before returning to Berlin to resume practice. On Monday afternoon, he joined Alexander Povetkin on the podium in the German capital. “It will be a great night of boxing in Helsinki,” coach Ulli Wegner said. “The fact that Robert has already knocked out three former world champions speaks volumes about his class. He will make his hometown fans very proud on December 3 – just like Cecilia Braekhus, who is the best female boxer out there.”
The WBO/WBC/WBA Female Welterweight Champion (18-0, 4 KOs) will make another defence of her title collection on December 3, taking on Kuulei Kupihea (7-1, 2 KOs). “It will be great to fight in Helsinki again,” she said. “My management regularly picks opponents from the top ten. I am happy to prove myself against the best challengers out there. I will continue my winning streak in Helsinki.”


WBO, WBC & WBA Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (18-0, 4 KOs) will take on Hawaiian Kuulei Kupihea (7-1, 2 KOs) at Helsinki´s renowned Hartwall Areena on December 3. The fight was originally scheduled to take place on Team Sauerland´s big show in Copenhagen´s PARKEN Stadium on November 5, but the event was postponed after Danish national hero Mikkel Kessler suffered a hand injury in practice. “Unfortunately, injuries and postponements are part of the game,” Braekhus said. “As a professional, you just have to deal with it. I adjusted my training, took a few days off and then got straight back to the gym. I will be ready for Kupihea on December 3.”

Ulli Wegner, eight-time German coach of the year, is pleased with the First Lady´s progress. “She is the best female boxer in the world,” he stated. “She is intelligent, good-looking and extremely talented. My other boxers can learn a lot from her, especially when it comes down to determination in practice. I am sure she will make another great fight in Helsinki.”

It will be Braekhus´ second fight in the Finnish capital. In May 2009, she defeated Amy Yuratovic on points. Said promoter Kalle Sauerland: “It is no secret that Team Sauerland is focusing heavily on the Scandinavian market and a big show in Helsinki is further proof.”

Also in Helsinki, World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin (22-0, 15 KOs) will defend his title against Cedric Boswell (35-1, 26 KOs), while hometown hero Robert Helenius (16-0, 11 KOs) will defend his WBA & World Boxing Organization (WBO) Intercontinental Titles against an opponent to be announced. Tickets will be available at www.lippu.fi starting November 1.



WBO, WBC & WBA female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (18-0, 4 KOs) will defend her title collection on November 5 at Copenhagen’s PARKEN Stadium when she takes on Hawaiian Kuulei Kupihea (7-0, 2 KOs). It will be Braekhus’ third fight in Denmark this year after defeating Jill Emery in Herning (April) and Chevelle Hallback at the DR Koncerthuset (May). “I look forward to fighting in front of 20,000 fans at PARKEN,” she said. “The support in Denmark has always been fantastic but this will be the first time I step into the ring in a big football stadium. It will be a great experience.”

Braekhus promised Kupihea a night to remember. “I am the world champion and I am happy to prove myself against every contender out there,” she stated. “But whoever wants to take away my titles will get punished.”