All-Irish fight with a twist made for next Red Corner card


An encouraging trend is starting to emerge in Irish boxing.

Fighters without big promotional contacts are beginning to take big domestic bouts earlier and earlier in their careers.

On September 9th at the National Stadium, Regan Buckley [1(0)-0] takes on Carl McDonald [2(0)-0] in a super bantamweight six rounder. On October 6th at the Devenish Complex, Sean McGlinchey [2(0)-0] fights Ger Healy [6(0)-4(1)-1] over eight for the Celtic Nations middleweight title.

Now we have another domestic duel to add to the calendar, and it’s one with a twist, two adopted Irishmen.

The Slovak Rebel v The Dominican Destroyer.

On Saturday October 7th at the National Stadium in Dublin it has been announced that debutant Manny Bique will face Vladimir Belujsky [0-0-1] in a super middleweight four rounder

Originally from the Dominican Republic where he was a top amateur, Bique has been in Ireland for over five years and finished runner-up in the 2014 Intermediates with Mount Tallant.

Bique, highly rated by those in the know, was initially due to turn pro way back in November 2015, but a hand injury would cause his debut to be shelved. The Caribbean puncher would then feature on Hay Byrne’s inaugural semi-pro show last year, defeating Damian Darker over six two-minute rounds. before returning to the pros

Originally from Slovakia, Belujsky has lived in Cork the past eight years. A top amateur, the Mitchelstown boxer won the Slovakian Olympic trials last year but was not selected to go to the qualifiers. He would turn pro with Assassin Boxing and was held to a draw in his debut back in March by Anthony Fox.

Red Corner outlined how “we pride ourselves on the competitive nature of our fights & the value for money it represents to paying fans.”

“We believe that this fight is no different. Not only do we have the best headline acts about on each of our shows we have cracking support contests too.”

The ‘Champions Elect’ show also features the debut of Karl Kelly, the return of Allan Phelan, Victor Rabei, and a BUI Celtic title clash between Dublin’s Craig O’Brien and former Welsh champion Lee Churcher.

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