Vladimir Belujsky’s surprise WBO Youth title fight OFF


Vladimir Belujsky [6(6)-1(0)-1] will NOT fight for a WBO rankings title this weekend but the Cork super middleweight will still box for a belt in the near future.

It was confirmed at the start of the week that, after almost a month of negotiations behind the scenes, ‘The Slovak Rebel’ would face unbeaten German James Kraft [14(9)-0-1] at the EWS Arena in Goeppingen near Stuttgart this Saturday night.

The ten-round fight was to be for the vacant WBO Youth super middleweight title but it has been unfortunately revealed tonight that the bout has been postponed after Kraft twisted an ankle during some fight week skipping.

The 21-year-old is now unable to face Belujsky and neither will feature on the bill in Southern Germany which is headlined by a cruiserweight clash which sees Germany’s Firat Arslan, at the age of 48, defend his WBO Inter-Continental belt against Albanian Sefer Seferi – Tyson Fury’s infamous comeback opponent.

It is disappointing news for the power-punching Belujsky who had seen Kraft and the WBO Youth title as a perfect opportunity – and one which could have led to a Top 15 ranking with the organisation whose current champion, Zurdo Ramirez, had sparred with the Mitchelstown man earlier this year.

However, there remains a pathway for Belujsky, with his management team revealing that the 23-year-old has been made mandatory for the Youth belt and will be one half of the next title fight.

This could conceivably be with any young fighter but Kraft’s team intend for the Munich man to fight for the belt next and a refixed date for the Belujsky fight is in the pipeline for some time in January.

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Belujsky’s team, Assassin Boxing, run a card in Mayo on Friday December 7th but have confirmed that their man will not feature on this bill.

Instead, the Bratislava-born boxer will enter into a full camp for the to-be-confirmed clash with prospect Kraft.

Belujsky last fought at the start of the month, stopping Mexican Israel Ornelas in the third of an eight-round contest.

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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