Robert Helenius vs Samuel Peter

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Robert Helenius vs Samuel Peter
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Date: 
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
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The opening round saw Peter work primarily with a jab to the body as Helenius looked for countering opportunities. Helenius connected with a right-left combination near the end of the round. In Round 2, Helenius began to box a little more working behind a jab and keeping the shorter Samuel Peter at a distance. Helenius landed a nice right to the body as Peter was covered up and Peter landed a combination near the end of the round highlighted by a left hand that slipped through the Helenius's guard. In Round 3, it became evident that Helenius's strategy was to work from a distance with jabs and straight rights hands to keep Peter at bay and to tie up when Peter was able to get on the inside. Peter continued to come forward and try to land big punches against the circling Helenius, but had trouble connecting. In the 4th, Helenius continued to pump the jab into Peter's face. Peter was warned for leading with his head. Helenius was able to punish Peter at a distance and Peter was forced to throw lunging shots; many of which failed to touch Helenius. When Peter got on the inside or was able to get his opponent against the ropes, he allowed himself to be tied up. Peter had a strong 5th Round and likely won the round finding moderate success with power punches as Helenius did not evade as well as he had done in the rounds prior and allowed some punches to land. Helenius continued with his strategy of making Peter pay to get within punching range. A clear low blow in Round 6 sent a grimacing Helenius down to his knees in the corner. Helenius was allowed time to recover and Peter received a stern warning for the referee. Midway through Round 9, a combination capped with a left hand sent Peter down on his back. Using the ropes, he was able to make it to his feet at the count of eight and was allowed to continue. Helenius came forward and landed a straight right, left hook combination that sent Peter down with a thud as his head hit the mat, flat on his back and out. The referee made it to the count of six before waving off the bout as Peter made no attempt to get to his feet. He remained down for a couple of minutes before being helped up and to a stool in his corner.




Fan Cards: Robert Helenius vs Samuel Peter


scorecard by HART
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ROBERT HELENIUS
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
78
SAMUEL PETER
10
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
75


scorecard by NF82
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ROBERT HELENIUS
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
78
SAMUEL PETER
9
9
10
9
10
9
9
9
74


scorecard by DIZZY
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ROBERT HELENIUS
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
79
SAMUEL PETER
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
73


scorecard by MARTIN EDEN
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ROBERT HELENIUS
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
79
SAMUEL PETER
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
73


Comments

dizzy's picture

This was a meh fight (for the lack of a better word that would describe this fight), but it elevated Helenius tremendously, and at the same time successfully ended Peter's time in the heavyweight title picture. Peter was 15 lbs. overweight coming into this bout, I'm not even sure why he accepted the fight given that he didn't have any coaches in his corner, only cutmen (I don't think he even had a stool to sit on, and I'm not joking) and was visibly out-of-shape, which was especially suprising considering that Helenius was regarded as a formidable prospect at the time. Peter looked slow and unprepared, he didn't know how to effectively close the distance, he was chasing Helenius without any success and was usually getting the worst out of the exchanges that HE initiated. Helenius showed everyone not familiar with his work that he may not look like an athlete and might appear as stiff and clumsy, but he's actually a very solid and suprisingly effective boxer, he's comfortable fighting off of back foot and does not allow his opponent to trap him on the ropes, he's timing his shots quite well and especially his left hook is a very dangerous weapon. I still rate this as Helenius' biggest and most important win of his career, even if Peter was out-of-shape and was basically on the verge of retirement, he was still a respectable name, a powerful fighter that defeated James Toney (twice) and held a piece of the heavyweight crown.