Vladimir Belujsky hoping for re-fixed Nick Quigley clash after Mexican step-up


Vladimir Belujsky [5(5)-1(0)-1] was meant to headline his first card last month in a potentially breakthrough fight.

Instead the Cork super middleweight must make do with an under-the-radar outing in Mexico this weekend.

Belujsky was all set to face Liverpool’s Nick Quigley for the BUI Celtic title at the National Basketball Arena only to suffer a broken scaphoid bone in his hand just one week beforehand which forced him to pull out.

The Slovak-born fighter makes a rather rapid return from the injury in Tijuana on Saturday and admits eager to still face Quigley.

Following news of Belujsky’s withdrawal, Quigley [15(3)-4(2)] questioned the legitamacy of his injury but ‘The Slovak Rebel’ doesn’t blame his English rival.

Of course he didn’t believe me, I wouldn’t believe him either, but that’s just boxing, have to get over it and move on,” he told Irish-Boxing.com before giving an injury update.

“My hand is good now, I’m punching away so it’s all good. It was bothering me for a while but I tried to ignore it and sort it out after the fight but I just made it 10 times worse.”

“It was very tough [to pull out]. I still wanted to fight with the injury but there was a possibility of long term damage which definitely wasn’t worth it.”

The 23-year-old will look to put his injury woes behind him when he faces grizzled veteran Israel Ornelas [10(5)-10(4)-2] – on paper, the toughest of his Mexican foes to date.

A move up to eight rounds, he will obtain Irish title eligibility following the fight and the Mitchelstown man hopes to fight for a belt next.

“I wanted a step up I am ready for it and looking forward to Saturday night,” said Belujsky whose five wins have all come via early knockout.

“The only footage I saw [of Ornelas] was a small clip for 2010. He’s been around a long time and has some good wins under his belt, I am looking forward to fighting him and maybe even going a few rounds.”

If and when he does get past Ornelas, Belujsky is keen to get straight back out and has an eye on the big Ray Moylette homecoming card in Mayo on Friday December 7th – perhaps even against Quigley.

“Of course, any title that I can fight for I’ll try to fight for as I don’t plan to be in this game for too long. I’d prefer to be fast-tracked.”

“Absolutely [I’d fight Quigley] maybe even on December 7th in Mayo, we can definitely reschedule.”

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Joe O'Neill

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