‘Time to really step up’ – Victor Rabei puts big names on notice

Victor Rabei [10(3)-0] has made it clear he wants a big fight next.

The popular Steven O’Rourke trained fighter made it a perfect 10 by winning in Poland last time out and set his sights in on a instant step up.

The Moldovan Dub has a breakthrough fight waiting in America once the pandemic eases, but doesn’t want to just tick over until that becomes possible.

Speaking to Irish-boxing.com a fighter, with early risk previous having fought Marc Morris, Karl Kelly and Jake Haney within seven fights, ‘Slick Vic’ said he wants a name next.

“I’m looking for big names. I’m 10-0 now. I’ve got the ring rust out. The better my opponents, the better I am. So it’s time to really step up. I want a big fight before I head off to the States.”

It wasn’t quite routine journey man earlier this month.

Islam Mayrasaltanov is a notable mixed martial artist in Poland and came to win on a debut, which was surrounded by a degree of fanfare.

“It was definitely more interesting and got me more excited. I knew I was going into a fight. I knew he’d be a tough lad. You never get it easy with Chechens,” Rabei explains.

Mayrasaltanov did come out swinging and looking for a stoppage win. An approach that looked scary for watching Rabei fans, was more than welcomed by the fighter himself.

“He came out throwing bombs and with the intention of hurting me and as many know, one punch can turn everything around. But I think it made it easier for me to get the stoppage because of that. I didn’t have to chase him, he was always on my chest and ready to go,” he added before discussing the stoppage.

“Steve and I have been working a lot on controlled aggression in the gym. And it’s starting to come out. We’ve covered a lot in the time spent out of the ring. And it’s starting to show now.”

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 sport for a living for 19 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