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Vladimir Belujsky fights Jack Cullen on Matchroom card this weekend

Vladimir Belujsky [12(8)-3(1)-1] has been handed a career-changing fight and could seriously shake things up this weekend.

Belujsky adds further Irish interest a Matchroom Manchester card that already includes Tommy McCarthy’s rematch with Chris Billam Smith.

‘Big Bad Vlad’ takes on European title challenger Jack Cullen [20(9)-3(3)-1] at the Manchester Arena this Saturday.

The DAZN broadcast fight provides the Cork Slovak with the chance to make a real name for himself, victory for the 26-year-old would certainly open serious doors and lead to some very interesting bouts.

Cullen has become a Matchroom favourite of late and is a regular on their undercards. The 28-year-old with Irish roots fought for the European super-middleweight title in his last fight – losing to Kevin Lele Sadjo via stoppage – and has traded leather in Commonwealth title fights.

Like Belujsky, the Bolton native was a Last Man Standing Contestant – and like the Munster banger he lost in that tournament to eventual winner Roy Sheehan.

Belujsky was last seen in the ring winning a GBC ‘world title’ in Germany and has had a nomadic existence since declaring he was going on the road amidst claims no Irish 168lbs fighters would fight him. The 26-year-old fight anyone anywhere anytime advocate is deemed a big puncher capable of causing step up upsets. He had former Commonwealth champion David Brophy hurt in 2019 but ran out of gas as the fight progressed and eventually suffered defeat.

Unlike for that fight, Belujsky has been given notice for the Cullen clash and rumour suggests he has had a noteworthy camp.

Cullen has been linked to Jason Quigley in recent times and was a Padraig McCrory target.

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