Robert Helenius and Diego Chaves victoriousWritten by Leroy Cleveland
Yesterday, two forgotten former powerbrokers in their respective divisions scored KO wins.
First, Finnish heavyweight Robert Helenius (25-1, 16KOs) defeated Russian 6'9½" Evgeny Orlov (17-15-1, 13 KOs) in Tallinn, Estonia. A very late substitute, Orlov didn't answer the bell for round seven.
Per reports, Orlov, a hulking man weighing over 300 lbs, wasn't easy work for Helenius.
In 2011, Helenius was the hottest up-and-coming heavyweight in boxing. However, in the following year, he underwent extensive shoulder surgery. The Finnish slugger had snapped a ligament in his right shoulder after suffering a hard fall while running. As a result, other ligaments were damaged so parts of his collarbone also needed reconstruction.
After Helenius' right shoulder was examined in Stuttgart, the initial prognosis for a successful return to boxing was not good.
Helenius turned pro in 2008 and owns knockout wins over Sergei Liakhovich, Sam Peter, Attila Levin and Lamon Brewster. If he can get back into top form, he'll certainly fit into the mix of an already-red hot heavyweight division.
And in Argentina, former top 10 welterweight Diego Chaves (26-2-1, 21 KOs) stopped Jean Carlos Prada (32-4-1, 22 KOs) inside the distance.
The awkward and cagey Chaves is best known for giving Keith Thurman, Brandon Rios and Tim Bradley a 'run for their money,' and is a live dog at welterweight.