The Nordic Nightmare’ lands last minute shot at Joshua – live worldwide on DAZN TONIGHT
Anthony Joshua was ready to face Dillian Whyte, however, news broke that Whyte had returned adverse analytical findings during a random anti-doping check administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA). The significance of this revelation cannot be understated, leading to the immediate cancellation of the bout and launching a comprehensive investigation.
Enter Robert Helenius.
On short notice, Helenius will be stepping up to fill the void left by Whyte. The bout, set for 12 rounds, will be the main event and will be broadcast exclusively on DAZN. Importantly, for fans who pre-ordered the event on pay-per-view via DAZN, there’s a silver lining: refunds will be available.
The night, though overshadowed by the unexpected change in the main event, promises not to be with less action. An international ensemble of fighters is set to showcase their skills. The list includes the likes of Filip Hrgovic, aiming for a chance against the eminent Oleksandr Usyk, Derek Chisora, a crowd-puller with his magnetic energy, and rising sensation Johnny Fisher.
Moreover, the undercard is shaping up to be as intriguing as the headliners. Campbell Hatton, George Liddard, and Maiseyrose Courtney, among others, are all set to prove their talent.
Anthony Joshua, in his usual stoic demeanor, acknowledged the shift, “This wasn’t in the script,” he said. Joshua’s respect for the sport and its athletes shines through. But make no mistake: his eyes are on the prize, always looking forward.
Helenius also shows confidence. Describing himself as a “true Viking”. With short notice, Helenius has a golden opportunity – one he’s not willing to squander.
Anthony Joshua: “The undercard caught my eye, and I realize how vital it is for those fighers to shine. I appreciate the efforts of Eddie Hearn, the Matchroom staff, my coach, and DAZN. Late replacements have come up three times now, but I’ve come to expect these hitches in my journey to the top. They’re merely stones in my path to victory.”
Joshua continues, reflecting on his preparation and mindset: “I must focus on myself. Robert and I have sparred before, but my objective never changes – to win, by any means. There’s no room for overtime in boxing. I must be on top of my game, strike hard, and secure the victory.”
With the pandemic’s effects still felt, Joshua sees a need to regain momentum: “COVID-19 impacted us all. I’ve been striving to stay active and improve, even spending significant time in the ring in Dallas, where the training is intense and practical. Underestimating anyone would be foolish, including Robert. He’s here to fight, and I wish him and his fans in Finland good luck.”
He ends by celebrating the event itself: “It’s not just about me; it’s about a great night of boxing. The card is remarkable, reminiscent of the old days at The O2. It’s a Matchroom show, and we all deserve credit for making it happen.”
Derrick James, Joshua’s trainer, adds perspective: “We must keep moving forward. Robert is a capable fighter, and you’ll see AJ’s growth in the ring. He’s embraced the process, adapting his style even with a height difference from one opponent to the next. It will be exciting to witness.”
Robert Helenius thanks everyone for the chance, saying, “The fight offer came right after my weekend fight, altering my vacation plans. But here we are, ready and prepared. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t feel ready to take on such a formidable opponent. It’s an opportunity fifteen years in the making, and I will give my all to seize this win. It’s going to be a glorious battle.”
For those who have been following the unexpected changes in the bout between Anthony Joshua and Robert Helenius, here’s the essential information regarding viewing and tickets.
Firstly, for those who have already secured their tickets, there’s no need to worry: those tickets will remain valid for the event. Should a refund be required, ticketholders can seek it from the original point of purchase.
The change in fighters has not altered the broadcast arrangements. Joshua vs Helenius will be shown live and exclusively on DAZN. Existing subscribers can tune in as part of their regular DAZN subscription, with no Pay-Per-View purchase necessary. For those not yet subscribed, signing up is straightforward at DAZN.com, where monthly prices start at a reasonable £9.99.
Once subscribed, the DAZN app is widely accessible on various devices. Whether you’re watching on a smart TV, streaming devices like Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, or game consoles, mobile, and tablet, the process is user-friendly. Simply search for ‘DAZN’ in your device’s app store and download to begin watching.
Sky subscribers have a dedicated option to watch Joshua vs Helenius on DAZN through their Sky Q or Sky+ HD box. They can go to DAZN 1 HD channel 429 and follow the sign-up steps or visit DAZN.com/Sky to initiate the process.