Vladimir Belujsky [12(7)-3(1)-1] didn’t add to his knockout collection in Spain last Saturday because he was saving his hands to do damage against tougher opposition.
The super middleweight took on Michael Mora in Valencia, but had British super middleweight Lerrone Richards in the back of his mind.
The Cork fighter was in talks to fight the British and Commonwealth champion on the undercard of Billy Joe Saunders vs Martin Murray set for December 4.
As a results when he hurt his knuckle in the first round, he decided to pull his punches somewhat.
“I thought I boxed okay,” he told Irish-boxing.com.
“I am very disappointed I didn’t get the knockout. I hurt my knuckles off his head in the first round so I didn’t put everything into my punches after that,” he continued to explain.
“I didn’t want to make things worse as we were negotiating for a fight next week on Billy Joe undercard.”
Negotiations stalled and the fight didn’t materialize. It’s the second time in a matter of weeks a slot on a Matchroom card slipped from the ‘Slovak Rebel’s’ grasp.
The Conor Slater advised 26-year-old had agreed to fight John Docherty on the Katie Taylor Miriam Gutierrez undercard, only for the Scot to fight and lose to Jack Cullen.
The nomadic puncher was assured he would get a Matchroom opportunity and remains hopeful in that regard.
“We are working on something with Matchroom, Conor is flat out pestering them, so hopefully something will come off that.”
Reflecting on his most recent win Belujsky was happy to show he has six round stamina and admitted he has a troubled second session.
“It was good to test my fitness and to be able to show that I can go six rounds. I won’t have any doubt in my mind going into future 6-8 round fights.
“My opponent was very though and he caught me with a big shot in the second round. I just remember Dylan Moran’s dad and Steven [O’Rourke] telling me to box and move until I got back to the stool.”