Vladimir Belujsky [12(8)-4(1)-1] is sharpening his scalping knife after being handed his biggest upset mission to date.
The Cork fighter has agreed to trade leather with former NABF and IBF North American champion on the same United Promotions card as two-time Irish amateur champion Sara Haghighat-Joo makes her pro debut on.
Belujsky fights Shakeel Phinn live on top of a DAZN bill in Canada on November 12 and could completely change his career with a victory.
The Mitchellstown road warrior and fight anyone, anywhere, anytime advocate has always been open to away corner work, and with his skillset, power and toughness is always just one good showing away from a career-altering win of note.
There is real sense that this could be that one good showing as the Slovak Rebel has been handed ample notice for the first time and takes on a fighter who previously shied away from a Belujsky fight.
Chris Eubank Jr’s go-to sparing partner was last seen in the ring trying to shock Jack Cullen, and whilst he didn’t get the victory his stock rose. His bid to derail Petro Ivanov in a World Youth title fight was cut short in 2019 and despite hurting former Commonwealth champion David Brophy bad in the same year, he trailed off in the latter rounds and couldn’t ensure his hand was raised.
The power puncher did beat fancied Ukrainian Vladislav Bilous in Poland and will be hoping he can emulate that kind of performance in Canada.
‘The Jamaican Juggernaut,’ who is two fights into a post-pandemic comeback, is an experienced former Canadian champion as well as NABF and IBF North American title holder. The 31-year-old has had a solid career but has twice lost over the eight-round distance.