While most of the boxing world was focused on Margarito-Cotto II: El Grudge Match, a few hours earlier and an ocean away, another bout was worthy of headlines.
In what is being called one of the worst robberies in recent memory, British heavyweight Dereck Chisora fell victim to blatant hometown scoring in Helsinki as Finnish heavyweight Robert Helenius escaped with a split decision Saturday and the vacant European belt in a match which nearly everyone ringside (aside from the judges) thought Chisora won.
Helenius is being tabbed as a potential threat, or at least heir, to the Klitschko throne. The 27-year old undefeated Finn only has 17 professional bouts under his belt, but he already has wins over Samuel Peter, Lamon Brewster and Sergei Liakhovich, so he’s fighting more than your average European stiff.
So it makes good business for all involved in the sport to keep Helenius on the fast track. Hence Saturday’s decision. That, and you basically would have had to murder Heleniu...