Mitchelstown super middleweight boxer Vladimir Belujsky scored an early stoppage win in Mexico last weekend to defeat Israel Ornelas.
Belujsky was in action on a bill in Tijuana facing the veteran Mexican opponent and as the bout was scheduled for eight rounds, he is now eligible for the Irish title.
Belujsky, whose record now stands at 6 wins (all by knockout), 1 loss and 1 draw, was extended into the third round but finished Ornelas, who has 10 wins to his credit, 11 defeats (5 by knockout) and 2 draws.
The Slovak Rebel, Belujsky told The Avondhu that his experienced opponent brought the best out of him.
“The fight was my first step up to 8 rounds and step up in opponent as well. I fought an experienced fighter with 10 wins and 5 knockouts on his record.
“I controlled the whole fight and don’t think I got hit in it at all. He was very slick and knew what he was doing. It was hard to land a clean headshot but I started going to the body in the 3rd round and started hurting him. He went down twice and on the third time, he didn’t get back up. I enjoyed fighting a skilful opponent because it brought the best out of me and hopefully we can get a title fight next.”
The 23-year-old will look to be back in action quickly, most likely on the Ray Moylette Mayo Homecoming card at the Royal Theatre in Castlebar on Friday, December 7.