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Fourth time lucky! Cork super middleweight secures Youth title shot

Cork super middleweight Vladimir Belujsky [8(6)-2(0)-1] will finally get his shot at the Youth title.

The Mitchelstown man twice saw WBO Youth title fights with James Kraft fall through, first when the German pulled out of their December date through injury and then when he moved up in weight to scupper the refixed April match-up.

The a proposed clash with Russian Batal Chezhia for the same title and set for Bracknell Leisure Centre in London on Saturday June 29th also fell by the wayside.

Now at the fourth time of asking the Cork man will get a shot at rankings boosting youth title, this time he scheduled to challenge for the WBC’s version of the strap.

Belujsky will be looking to depose undefeated Ukrainian super middleweight Petro Ivanov [10(6)-0-2] in Germany as soon as Friday October 11.

23-year-old, Ivanov is somewhat of an unknown quantity having competed in his home country for the majority of his career. The fact he drew two of his first nine might give a degree of hope, but the manner in which he won the title suggests he is a talented operator.

The Ukrainian went to France to challenge for the title at stake on October 11 and stopped former French light heavyweight champion Louis Toutin. Toutin was undefeated going into the clash and has since bounced back with a stoppage win over former WBA interim world title holder Dmitrii Chudinov.

Belujsky is keen on big fights from the away corner and got a taste in March when, on a few days notice, he gave former Commonwealth champion David Brophy a major scare before being outpointed.

Possessing genuine power, ‘The Slovak Rebel’ has proven himself to be a dangerous handful and is a live threat from first to last bell.

He has been training hard in recent months, spent time sparring with big punching Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan – and will be confident of scoring an upset next month.

Belusky’s fight will play a part in a busy weekend for Irish boxing. It takes place on the same night as the Paddy Barnes versus Jay Harris topped #MTKFightNight and one day before Celtic Clash 9 arrives at the Devenish.

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

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com