The 33-year-old Finn sparred against Anthony Joshua earlier this year and helped the world champion to get ready against Kubrat Pulev. Apparently, the 6’6 tall Helenius did well enough against ‘AJ’ which turned out to be a massive confidence booster.
“It gave me a lot of confidence and showed me that I’m on the right track. It was the deciding factor,” he explained.
Helenius is used to fighting in front of audiences of 14 000 people on home soil in Finland. On October 28th, he most certainly won’t be the crowd favourite.