Biggest entrant Belujsky will be “disappointed” if he doesn’t score Last Man Standing KO bonus


Late to the party, Vladimir Belujsky [2(2)-0-1] is promising to be bigger and badder than his rivals on Saturday night.

The Cork super middleweight comes in as a late replacement for the Ireland’s Last Man Standing competition on Saturday and believes he could be too strong for the other seven boxers vying for the big-money top prize.

A guaranteed €25,000 is on offer at the National Stadium for the boxer who can come through three three-round fights victorious and, in a field of light middleweights and middleweights, Belujsky believes he has an instant advantage.

Add to this a €1,000 bonus for every KO, and a further €5,000 for the quickest stoppage of the night, the novice pro has cash register chimes going off in his head.

Speaking to Irish-Boxing.com ahead of the single-elimination tournament which takes place at a catchweight of 165lbs (with a 10lb rehydration clause), Belujsky stated that “I am definitely going to be the biggest and the heaviest on fight night.”

“I think it could come as an advantage for me as I like to walk people down and make them quit.”

“I always look for the knockout and I have the power to do so on Saturday, I would be very disappointed if I don’t knock someone out Saturday night”

While he was preparing for a fight on the undercard, fought at the end of January, and has spent time recently in Brighton sparring Chris Eubank Jr, Belujsky was only confirmed for the main event last week.

The Slovakian-born Mitchelstown boxer, however, did not have to think twice about entering the call.

“I am confident that I can win this tournament,” he said defiantly.

“My preparation is always good I live the life and I always prepare for a hard fight.”

“I am also not worried about losing my 0 like other fighters. I’m only 22, no matter what happens it is a huge opportunity and experience for me I have nothing to lose and everything to gain!”

Approaching the tournament with a clinical view, Belujsky doesn’t have any preferences or scores to settle like, for example, his Assassin team mate JJ McDonagh who is pushing hard for a Chris Blaney fight.

Of McDonagh, Blaney, Gerard Healy, Nick Quigley, Jack Cullen, Owen Jobburn, and Roy Sheahan, Belujsky is not fussed.

The Slovak Rebel noted how “it really doesn’t bother me who I fight on Saturday.”

“At the end of the day, I’ll have to beat the best to win it so it’s all the one to me.”

Photo Credit: Laszlo Geczo Photography

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Joe O'Neill

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