Sparring ‘Mr Nice’ Chris Eubank Jr has made Vladimir Belujsky fearless

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Vladimir Belujsky [8(6)-3(1)-1] claims his performances against Chris Eubank Jr in sparring have left him feeling fearless.

The Cork based puncher has already shown a real desire to fight since turning over, he has called out everyone within 10 pounds of super middleweight domestically, taken risks and stepped into tests at late notice.

However, he suggests he will take his fight anyone, anywhere, anytime policy to the next level in 2020.

Belujsky has been inspired by his sparring displays against the likes of Eubank Jr and soon to be world title challenger Luke Keeler – and claims time spent trading sparring leather with both has filled him with confidence.

“I’ve been sparring the likes of Eubank and Luke Keeler and holding my ground against them so I can’t be afraid to fight anyone, as it’ll be hard to find somebody better than those guy,” Belujsky told before expanding on his time with Eubank Jr who fights former Andy Lee foe Matt Korobov on the undercard of Dennis Hogan’ world title attempt this weekend.

“The last sparring went great, a lot better than previously, we’ve done eight good rounds high pace trying to kill each other as always. After the spar it’s all good he’s been extremely good and nice to me. He couldn’t believe that boxing isn’t my full time job and that I’m in college and work full time.”

Belujsky was talking after he returned to winning ways on Saturday. The ‘Slovak Rebel’ stopped Michael Ibrahim at the York Hall to put his own stoppage defeat to Petro Ivanov behind him.

The 24-year-old was delighted with the win, but does have regrets related to the WBC Youth International title that proceeded it.

Belujsky felt fitness let him down against the fancied prospect in Germany.

“It was great getting a TKO win again. I was a bit disappointed with my initial opponent Luke Blackledge pulled out but that’s just how boxing goes,” before reflecting on the title fight.

“I actually only watched it back for the first time today. It was a lot closer than I thought. My training let me down big, watching it back my opponent wasn’t better than me just better prepared,” he continues before reveling commitments not a lack of a commitment effect his prep.

“It’s getting a little tougher to manage my training my masters and working full time so that loss was a big eye opener and wake up call. “


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