Rejuvenated heavyweight Michael Sprott has exclusively confirmed to WBN that talks are still progressing with former European champion Robert Helenius and his advisors for a possible meeting on March 2nd over ten rounds.
The 38 year-old, who stunned undefeated Edmund Gerber in December to put himself back in the title mix in the top division, is holding out for a title shot of some sort in his next contest and hopes the potential Helenius fight can provide him with the opportunity.
“We are hoping the fight with Robert Helenius comes off , but right now they want ten rounds and we want twelve,” Sprott told World Boxing News.
“We are waiting to see if Kubrat Pulev vacates the European title and we could possibly fight Helenius for that. There is also talk of an intercontinental title, but we are going to see as it may just have to be ten rounds.
“At the moment though there is no contract and we are just waiting to see what happens,” he added.
Helenius, 29, recently returned from a serious shoulder injury to defeat Sherman Williams over ten rounds and is just building himself back towards his mandatory shot at Pulev, which is currently awaiting scheduling as stipulated by the EBU.
A fight for the Finn against Sprott could be seen as a final eliminator for Pulev, unless the champion does decide to leave the belt behind and head towards a world title – which would then leave Helenius to battle the Briton for the vacant strap.