When it comes to the world of heavyweight boxing, the focus has largely been placed on three major players of late, as the trio of Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder generate an incredible amount of column inches.
However, when it comes to the sweet science of pugilism, there are always many more looking to land a knockout blow and with a number of fighters in the bracket below the trio above, they are also aiming to break through boxing’s glass ceiling.
A challenge that the likes of Robert Helenius and Adam Kownacki are looking to achieve within the next few months and if they can add more wins to their fight record, title opportunities may soon come their way.
Which is why their scheduled fight in October may have further ramifications for the heavyweight division and with a potential WBA title shot also waiting in the wings, a lot of eyes will be focused on events in Nevada.
That’s because the T-Mobile Arena will not only be playing host to these two warriors, but there is also the small matter Fury vs Wilder III as the main event and with these two fights at the top of the card, it promises to be a sensational night of boxing action on the horizon.
Of course, one should not forget that Helenius and Kownacki have already gone toe to toe and with the former earning himself a TKO victory in the fourth of twelve scheduled rounds, it was considered something of an upset.
That’s because the Polish star Kownacki was largely tipped to win the fight and in doing so, would have moved a step closer to squaring off with Britain’s Anthony Joshua in a bid to win the WBA version of the heavyweight crown.
Then again, this is a sport that has a habit of throwing up considerable roadblocks from time to time and with the 37-year-old Helenius coming out on top in New York last year, he finds himself somewhat further ahead in the queue.
Not only that, but at the time of writing the Stockholm born boxer is placed higher in the BoxRec rankings and although a current standing of 20th does not sound all that impressive, a win in his last showing has certainly opened a few more doors in terms of future opportunities.
Which means, he will have to repeat the efforts of last March for those opportunities not to disappear and although a victory was earned 16 months ago, there is a feeling that perhaps lightning will not strike twice on this occasion.
Because even after the 32-year-old suffered his first career defeat last year and his record now stands at 20-1, he is still a man to be very much feared. While it is no surprise that Kownacki is odds-on favourite to win with DraftKings.
A look at the current odds suggest that this could be a rather one-sided affair, as the Lomza born fighter is priced at the rather short -250 and with his newfound rival at odds of +210, it does suggest that all signs point to revenge being served.
With that said, Helenius has already got the number of the man he will once again share the ring with, and it would be unfair to dismiss his talents for a second time – something that could also make his current price a decent amount of value.
As always though, you only learn from a defeat and if there is a lesson to be taken from their inaugural clash last March, it is one that sees Kownacki show the rest of the Heavyweight division what he is made of.
If he can reverse his first and only defeat to date, it will be he that is catapulted up the rankings and should he manage to make light work of the man who will stand in his way, that previous loss will be nothing more than a small blip.
There’s a lot riding on this evening, both in this fight and the main event and when the two winners are decided, the heavyweight picture – one that is often murky at the best of the times, will finally start to become a whole lot clearer.