Helenius climbs into IBF Top 10, promises to make Levin pay for skipping pre-fight press conference

Robert Helenius (13-0, 8 KOs) has promised to make Attila Levin (34-3, 21 KOs) pay for skipping their official press conference in Helsinki on Friday. The Nordic Nightmare took time out from his busy training schedule to fly to the Finnish capital for a media tour prior to his November 27th showdown with his Swedish rival. However, Levin never showed up, stating he could not afford to miss his daily practice. “That is a lame excuse,” Helenius, the EU Heavyweight Champion, said. “He is probably scared of me. Just taking the one-hour flight from Stockholm to Helsinki should not have been too much of a problem. He better gets all the training he can – he will need it on November 27. I am going to make him pay for not showing up today.”

Levin had delivered a video message to a packed press conference at Hartwall Areena before answering questions in a video conference. “Helenius is not going to knock me out,” he said. “It will be the other way round. His talk only motivates me. I am in great shape already. I will silence the Finnish fans in Helsinki and kick Robert´s butt – just as Sweden always beats Finland.” Much to the delight of the media, Helenius posed for pictures with a cardboard version of the challenger which was wearing a skirt.

Helenius said he was ready for another tough challenge. “My goal is to be world champion one day and in order to keep moving up the rankings, I will beat whoever I get in the ring with,” he said. In the latest IBF rankings, Helenius has climbed as high as #10. “That is a big honour but I am determined to rise even higher,” he said. “That is why I need to beat Levin.”

Team Sauerland and P3 Boxing have teamed up to deliver a big boxing night, with King Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch clashing for the vacant WBC Super-Middleweight Title in Group Stage 3 of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Tickets are available via the Finnish ticket hotline + 358 600 900 900 and online at

Article posted on 31.10.2010

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