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Vladimir Belujsky looking to “put my name out there” with shock KO of David Brophy

Having seen a big fight fall through for the third time in a row might have caused Vladimir Belujsky [6(6)-1(0)-1] to become disillusioned but the the Cork super middleweight kept at it and is now ready to jump on a short-notice opportunity.

Tomorrow night, on just a couple of days notice, Belujsky will go in with former Commonwealth champ David Brophy on an MTK Global bill at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.

However, while his notice has been short, Belujsky’s preparations have not been and he heads into the fight full of confidence.

The opportunity comes following a frustrating few months for the Mitchelstown man, a sparring partner of Chris Eubank Jr.

Belujsky first saw a BUI Celtic title fight with Nick Quigley cancelled due to injury before a WBO Youth title fight versus James Kraft in December was scuppered – and recently the refixed April 13th date also fell through.

In camp for a big bout in Germany up until recently, and training regardless, the chance to fight Brophy [21(4)-2(2)-1] was too good to pass up

Belujsky explained to Irish-Boxing.com hom “the Germans were messing us around a lot.”

“Even when Kraft moved up in weight I told him I’ll fight them at light heavy but they didn’t want nothing to do with me. Then I was meant to fight his brother [Toni Kraft] and he pulled out too.”

“This fight got offered to me I had no college or other plans scheduled for this weekend so I said I might as well go and have a fight.”

Belujsky stresses that there was absolutely no hesistation in taking the shot in Scotland and notes how “I’m training and sparring with no fights scheduled so I just wanted to fight and test myself – no better man than Brophy who has been at world level.”

‘The Slovak Rebel’ isn’t just going for the experience either against a man whose only defeats have come against George Groves and Rocky Fielding.

A rough and tough puncher with noted power, he believes he can score a career-changing win on the YouTube-streamed show – and admits that he needs a knockout to do so.

Belujsky outlined how “a win against Brophy will lead me to huge fights and knocking him out will definitely put my name out there.”

“I always fight to knock people out and tomorrow night is going to be no different.”


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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie