Dublin-Dominican debutant Manny Bique promises “no mercy” after going through hell and back


Manny Bique hasn’t had it easy outside the ring in recent times, so sees no reason why he should have it easy inside it.

The Dublin-based Dominican takes on Cork’s Vladimir Belujsky [0-0-1] in a super middleweight four rounder in what promises to be an explosive debut on Red Corner Promotions’ next instalment this coming October 7th at the National Stadium.

It certainly isn’t your average first pro instalment. Most fighters are granted the chance to ease their way into pro life, but Bique doesn’t want things easy and certainly isn’t fazed by the challenge ahead.

The fighter who has dual Spanish and French nationality was meant to debut back in 2015, but a series of unfortunate events means he is joining the pro party later than expected.

That has incentivised the debutante to want to be moved quicker – and also proven to him he is able to handle tough tests be them in or out of the ring.

Indeed Bique now believes he is “unstoppable” and is promising fans excitement in his debut and beyond.

“Due to many delays [regarding a debut date) I had a train to catch up. I am ready now and life is not easy, why should I take it easy in the ring? Bique told Irish-boxing.com

It’s been a long journey to get to what some would see as square one, and Bique outlined how “the life of a fighter is very lonely, you don’t just fight in the ring, outside the ring you have to fight as well.”

“A few years ago I supposed to turn pro but unfortunately due to complications in my family and personal life my pro career seemed to fade away.

“I had to move house and move club in 2013 then my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I lost my job a few months after because of all the problems. I couldn’t focus on anything, particularly fighting.”

“In 2015 my grandmother died from cancer and my grandfather also died the year after of cancer as well.”

“I was dealing with all that by myself, the way I knew best. I went back to school and qualify as a PT and nutritionist so I could spend more time with my daughter and work around a more flexible schedule.”

“I am blessed that in 2017 my Dad is free from cancer and healthier than ever.”

The journey has certainly made Bique stronger, and the Caribbean fighter described how “In between this period I met lots of very interesting people. Great people like Mick Dowling, Phil Sutcliffe from Crumlin, Steven O’Rourke, Reggie Byrne and many more. It’s really thanks to them that I am the person I am now.”

“I am stronger, I am relentless, and I am unstoppable. I can say I went to hell and came back and it’s only now I am ready to take on the pro boxing World.”

Bique was keen to thank those that helped him get to the place he is at now, but if he is to believe the fans should be grateful to those who helped ensure he is in a position to join the growing Irish fight ranks.

The confident puncher assures fans he will be one of the more entertaining fighters on the circuit.

“They won’t need chairs at my fights because I will have fans on their feet. I am going to be exciting to watch and that starts with my debut. I’m a relentless fighter and I have no mercy in the ring.”

“Having such an opponent for my first fight is great because it’s better for me and the fans to enjoy.”

“I wanted a fight like this of course. It fills me with more adrenaline and it’s a fight worth paying to watch. All this happened thanks to Red Corner Promotion and I want to thank them for the opportunity.”

The ‘Champions Elect’ card also features Irish champion Paddy McDonagh, debutant Karl Kelly, Jake Best, the return of Allan Phelan, Victor Rabei, a BUI Celtic super middleweight title scrap between Chris Blaney and Matiouze Royer, a BUI Celtic light middleweight title clash between Dublin’s Craig O’Brien and former Welsh champion Lee Churcher, and is headlined by a BUI Celtic welterweight title fight between Noely Murphy and Shortty Carroll.

Tickets cost €40 (general) and €60 (ringside) and are available from the boxers involved on the bill.

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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