“The Nordic Nightmare,” Robert Helenius (14-0, 9 KOs) will be taking a step up in class against a shopworn, but still heavy-handed, Samuel Peter (34-4, 27 KOs) this Saturday, April 2nd, in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Peter, a former WBC heavyweight champ, was stopped in ten rounds last September in a WBO/IBF title shot against top-ranked heavyweight, Wladimir Klitschko.
Despite a relatively spirited performance against Klitschko,”The Nigerian Nightmare” has suffered through some lackluster performances in recent years, including an RTD 8 loss to Vitali Klitschko in 2008 and a plodding majority decision loss to Eddie Chambers in 2009. Peter’s resume includes wins over Oleg Maskaev, James Toney (twice), Jameel McCline, and a near win in his first encounter with Wladimir Klitschko in 2005
For Helenius, the 6 ft 6 native of Finland and reigning European heavyweight champ, Peter represents a step up in class and a chance to add a still-recognizable name to his resume. Helenius’ top wins to date are a TKO 8 stoppage against Lamon Brewster in early 2010 and a RTD 3 win over the Ukraine’s Taras Bydenko in 2009.
Helenius is currently ranked #18 in The Boxing Tribune Heavyweight World Rankings while Peter is ranked #19.