“No point crying about it” – Vladimir Belujsky putting Last Man Standing loss behind him

Vladimir Belujsky [2(2)-1(0)-1] suffered his first career loss last month but he isn’t going to sit around crying about it.

The Cork super middleweight entered the Ireland’s Last Man Standing competition on under two week’s notice and was eliminated in his opening bout with eventual winner Roy Sheahan.

Belujsky was dropped by the Kildare talent but the hard-hitting Slovak Rebel certainly gave a good account of himself at the National Stadium.

The Mitchelstown man was back in the gym soon after and now, six weeks on from the TG4-televised fight night, he returns to the ring on the MHD Promotions ‘Collision’ bill at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.

“It’s been hard to lose especially at such a big stage but I got over it pretty fast as there was no point crying about it forever,” Belujsky explained to Irish-Boxing.com ahead of his comeback four-rounder versus English journeyman Iain Bailey.

“I just had to get back in the gym and work on the mistakes I have made.”

Looking back on his short scrap with Sheahan, Belujsky knows exactly what these mistakes were.

The 22-year-old described how “I think I started the fight off well and then I got caught with a silly punch as I was standing square with my feet.”

“After the knockdown, I panicked a little and started chasing him which cost me the fight.”

Knowing what he did wrong and acknowledging the context of the loss, Belujsky remains sure that he will win a national title in 2017, whether it be Irish or Slovakian.
“No, it hasn’t [changed plans] at all we are still looking at a title fight this year, 100%,” he stated confidently.

“That fight showed I can compete at the highest level with such little experience and young age.”

“I have a lot to work on but definitely going to win a title this year.”

Before title fights, however, Belujsky must get back to winning ways tomorrow night and the heavy-hitter is hoping to get some ring time under his belt.

The Assassin boxer outlined how “I’m fighting Ian Jackson who is a very durable opponent since both of my wins came early I’d like to go four rounds but, as always, if the knockout presents itself, I will take it.”

“Belfast is one of the best, if not the best, fighting cities in the World and I am extremely happy to fight there.”

“I am looking forward to putting on a show.”

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


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Joe O'Neill

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