Saturday, 3 December 2011

Helenius vs Chisora Results: Chisora Robbed in Helsinki, Helenius Wins Split Decision

Today in Helsinki, British heavyweight Dereck Chisora dominated the fight, beat the brakes off of Robert Helenius, and even overcame a clearly biased and terrible referee, clearly beating Helenius in front of his home fans.
 Dereck Chisora was robbed today against Robert Helenius. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Unfortunately, the judges disagreed, rewarding Helenius a split decision win on scores of 115-113, 115-113, and 113-115. Bad Left Hook scored the fight 117-111 for Chisora.

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Chisora (15-2, 9 KO) dominated the pace of the fight, unloading great shots to the body and taking Helenius' energy. By the latter rounds, Helenius (17-0, 11 KO) was clearly and totally gassed out. Chisora landed more clean shots, was far more active, and had Helenius backing up for the vast majority of the fight.

This was, plain and simple, a flat-out robbery. Italian referee Adrio Zannoni repeatedly cut Chisora off as he moved forward, including a brilliant moment where he waved his hand in front of a stalking Chisora's face.

Helenius did do some good work in the fight, landing some good shots, but he never enjoyed sustained momentum. It was the relentless pressure of Chisora that was the story of the fight, as he took away the taller man's jab, bullied him around the ring, and simply beat him, bottom line, without question.

There is no arguing this fight for Helenius, at least in my mind. But cast your vote: Do you think Chisora was robbed here, or just unlucky?

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