Anthony Joshua vs Robert Helenius LIVE: Start time, undercard, talkSPORT commentary and how to follow clash at The O2 Arena

Anthony Joshua will take on Finland’s Robert Helenius at The O2 Arena this weekend after his rematch with Dillian Whyte was scrapped.

Joshua and Whyte were set to renew their rivalry in London on Saturday night but the clash was cancelled after the Body Snatcher failed a drugs test.


Joshua and Helenius face off this weekend
The O2 is ready to host Joshua v Helenius


The O2 is ready to host Joshua v Helenius

Now, with just four days notice, Helenius has stepped in to take on two-time former heavyweight champion Joshua.

AJ is still rebuilding his career following his damaging defeats to Oleksandr Usyk.

He beat Jermaine Franklin in April and will know need a dominant display against stand-in Helenius.

talkSPORT will have live and exclusive coverage of the clash in the capital this weekend.

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Joshua vs Helenius: Date and start time

This 12-round heavyweight clash is set to go ahead on Saturday, August 12 and at The O2 Arena in London.

The undercard action will start at approximately 6pm.

And the ring-walks for the main event can be expected at around 10pm.

Joshua and Whyte were set for a rematch of their 2015 clash, but it will no longer go ahead


Joshua and Whyte were set for a rematch of their 2015 clash, but it will no longer go aheadCredit: Getty

Joshua vs Helenius: talkSPORT coverage

talkSPORT will have FREE live commentary from The O2. 

Our expert team will bring you unmissable content throughout the week and make sure you subscribe to talkSPORT Boxing on Youtube for much more. 

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

The action will also be broadcast on DAZN in the UK from 7pm. 

Fans can sign up to DAZN for £9.99 per month at or via the DAZN app. 

Helenius has stepped in to face Joshua at short notice


Helenius has stepped in to face Joshua at short notice
Joshua beat Franklin in April


Joshua beat Franklin in AprilCredit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom

Joshua vs Helenius: Undercard 

Subject to change

  • MAIN EVENT: Anthony Joshua vs Robert Helenius
  • Filip Hrgovic vs Demsey McKean
  • Derek Chisora vs Gerald Washington
  • Johnny Fisher vs Harry Armstrong
  • Campbell Hatton vs Tom Ansell
  • Maisey Rose Courtney vs Gemma Ruegg
  • George Liddard vs Bas Oosterweghel
  • Brandon Scott vs Louis Norman

Joshua vs Helenius: What has been said?

Joshua: “This wasn’t in the script but I am laser focused on the win.

“The objective remains the same, victory by any means. There’s no overtime in boxing, so I’ve got to be on my A-game and inflict pain.

“It’d be silly to underestimate Helenius or anyone. Credit to him – he’s come to roll the dice, to win.

“I didn’t want to let anyone down. Late replacements aren’t ideal, but a long career will present these kinds of obstacles. This is just another rock in my shoe on the way to the top of the mountain.”

Helenius: “I am a true Viking that is willing to face any challenge at a moment’s notice.

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“This is not an opportunity I was going to let slip away. 

“I plan to make the most of it.”

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