Introducing: The Slovak Rebel – Cork boxer to make pro debut next month

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In the recent past, Cork has been represented with pride by Cuban trio Mike Perez, Luis Garcia, and Alexei Acosta.

The three Caribbean fighters relocated Leeside in 2008 and fell in love with the place, while the boxing fans in the area took them on as their own. Now, another one of the county’s adopted sons has moved into the professional game and debuts next month.

Originally from Slovakia, Vladimir Belujsky has been living in Mitchelstown for the past nine years. While here, the Bratislava middleweight has had over 80 fights with Togher BC and had hoped to reperesent the country of his birth at the Rio Olympics. Belujsky looked like he would get the opportunity, beating the reigning Slovak champion at the Olympic Team Trials, however he was still overlooked. Then, to add further insult, the boxer chosen, already beaten by Belujsky, did not even attend the qualifiers due to anti-doping violations

Now 21 and studying Business Management at Cork Institute of Technology, Belujsky feels that it is time to try his glove at the professional game. Signing up with Assassin Boxing, he will debut on a Goodwin Boxing show at the Liquid & Envy Nightclub in Portsmouth on Saturday December 10th.

Belujsky believes that the paid game is the right move for him, and explained to Irish-Boxing.com that “my style was always more suited for the pros. I can go for long rounds and I like to break my opponent down round by round.”

“As my opponent gets tired in the later rounds, I pick the pace and power up, kind of like Golovkin!”

Belujsky joins fellow Cork boxers Spike O’Sullivan, Noely Murphy, and Mike Perez, in the pros, while the amateur scene in the county is currently thriving. The Central European is hoping to quickly build up his record and start moving up the ranks, outlining how “my short term goals are mainly to get to a winning start next month and stay busy during the next few months and after that I’d love to pick up a few belts and get my rankings up and fight my way to the top.”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie