World champion experience has Vladimir Belujsky ready to bring fight to Darren Cruise

Vladimir Belujsky [4(4)-1(0)-1] is currently enjoying the experience of a lifetime in California and feels ready to come home to Ireland and claim titles.

The Cork super middleweight is in Los Angeles at present following his fourth pro win at the weekend just over the border in Tijuana.

Just days after his second-round stoppage victory, Belujsky was back in the ring at Freddie Roach’s famous Wild Card Gym where he did rounds with reigning WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez.

The Mitchelstown man felt he performed well versus the Mexican and wants to use this experience in a domestic title fight.

Belujsky’s team have suggested a bout with Darren Cruise – a fight which the Roscommon man is more than open for.

Cruise’s one condition is that the fight be for the Irish title – a belt he has challenged for twice, losing by a point both times – and Belujsky is more than happy for this to be the case.

“I will happily fight Darren Cruise at Middleweight,” the 22-year-old told

“And of course it has to be for a title.”

Belujsky doesn’t mind fighting for the eight-round BUI Celtic title instead – although Cruise would likely disagree.

Regardless, ‘The Slovak Rebel’ will soon have an eight-round contest under his belt and be eligible for the Irish title.

It could even be for the Celtic title,” he added.

“I’ll be eligible for the Irish title soon. I will be having an eight-round fight – well, scheduled for eight.”

Belujsky has a plan in mind for the fight and explained how “Ray Moylette has a show in Mayo in November and I’m sure Darren is from around there too.”

“So, I’ll go to his back yard and fight him there, let’s get it on.”

Belujsky is on a high following a session with Ramirez – for which he had Roach in his corner.

Looking back, he described how ‘Zurdo’ is “very skilful and so, so tall – but I did very well against him.”

“Freddie Roach was very happy and I got some praise off Zurdo too saying I hit hard.”

“It was a great spar.”


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Joe O'Neill

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