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Self-managed Belujsky attempts some domestic title matchmaking

Vladimir Belujsky’s manager seems allergic to cotton wool.

There will be no protecting the Cork-based Slovakian as he pushes for domestic fights.

The heavy handed fighter has a (fourth) rescheduled WBO Youth title fight and a break through opportunity against Russian Batal Chezhia lined up for September 28, but the self managed super middle is pushing for domestic title fights.

Belujsky [6(5)-2(0)-1] doesn’t want to hang around and is calling for meaningful all-Irish fights to be made as soon as possible.

Indeed, he claims he was that eager he offered both Craig McCarthy and Chris Blaney – who also graced the Neptune Stadium on Saturday – the chance to fight for titles against him on a card where he eventually beat Hungarian Norbert Szekeres over six rounds.

The fighter also wants ‘avoided’ brothers JJ and Paddy McDonagh and is willing to fight either for an Irish title at super middleweight or light heavy.

“We tried to get a big fight for this one,” the Slovak Rebel told Irish-boxing.com.

“I won’t say any names but the two other super middleweights that fought tonight we offered them title fights against me on this show. They both refused. I manage myself now so they were really easy to make. I told Martin I don’t care about money and make it happen, but the lads had other plans.

“I have the rescheduled WBC fight and if that doesn’t happen I’d like to go be out in November. I want to fight either JJ McDonagh for the super middleweight Irish title or Paddy McDonagh for the light heavyweight title.

“They are two fighters that have been avoided by every Irish fighter for years. I am up for those fights and I am sure they would be easy to make and they would be up for them too,” he adds before revealing his move fast policy.

“Whats the point in wasting time. I am here to fight and I want to get the fights I can.”


Saturday night and the Leeside Revolution card represented the first time Mitchelstown’s Belujsky got to fight in his adopted home- and he is hopeful it’s not the last.

“It’s my first time as a pro here. I loved it. It was good to see so many people come out and support me. The atmosphere was unreal. I hope this show did well so we can do more and more and maybe another one at the end of the year.”

Reflecting on the victory on the first pro show to play out in Cork in a decade Belujsky was left annoyed he didn’t secure a stoppage win.

The 23 year old went the distance for just the second time of his career as his opponent shipped some serious shots from first to last bell.

“My knuckles are destroyed from his head. I knew he would be tough. He weighed in a lot heavier than me. It was good to get the rounds in, but I am annoyed I didn’t get the stoppage in front of my fans.

“It’s only the second time I went the distance. I went in to knock him out. I go into every fight looking for the knockout. I don’t say ‘if it comes it comes’. I want it and I go for it. I am annoyed it didn’t happen tonight, but look I have to be happy with the win and the rounds.”

The BUI Celtic super middleweight title was formerly held by Blaney and is contested by Padraig McCrory and Stevie Collins Jr – who is making a scarcely believable step down in weight – next week.

The Irish super middleweight title, for which Belujsky is already eligible for, is also vacant having last been held by JJ McDonagh.

Blaney is hoping to fight for the Irish middleweight title next time out, whilst it seems McCarthy has big plans for his rumoured return to Waterford.

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


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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