‘Zero Sense’ – Craig McCarthy wants more than ‘pub’ money to fight Vladimir Belujsky

Craig McCarthy [7(2)-0-1] has all but called on Team Vladimir Belujsky [9(7)-3(1)-1] to make him an offer he can’t refuse, or even an offer worth considering.

The well supported Waterford middleweight and the big punching Cork based super middle were linked on social media yesterday.

Conor Slater of Slater Sports Consultancy put the idea of the fight to the O’Rourke’s Gym fighter and the recent BUI Celtic title challenger initially seemed open to the challenge.

However, in an online exchanged ‘Built 2 Last’ made it clear the fight would have to appeal be either in terms of finance or career progression.

Negotiations continued out of the public eye, but the undefeated 33-year-old told Irish-boxing.com that they lead to nothing.

The Steven O’Rourke trained southpaw claims he was offered ‘journey man’ money to have the fight in Poland.

“Basically they offered me four round journey man money to fight in pub or school in Poland, which makes zero sense to me,” McCarthy said.

The Ring Kings bill topper claims he still open to fighting the ‘Slovak Rebel’, but only if the terms are agreeable. Having served his apprenticeship, McCarthy is now keen to kick on.

“I will fight any one once I’m getting paid well and been looked after. My career is about moving forward bigger fights, big titles and big pay days.”

But for the pandemic McCarthy would have had a massive title fight in his home county the summer gone.

The Deise fighter was due to rematch with Chris Blaney after their draw in England late last year. At the very least the BUI Celtic title would have been on the line. That fight is now gone considering the fact the ‘Ginja Ninja’ retired. Irish-boxing.com understands Belujsky, who called for a fight with McCarthy on numerous occasions last year, no longer holds a BUI licence so if they were to fight it couldn’t be for a domestic strap.

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 sport for a living for 19 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