Ben Whittaker steps up to eight-rounds for test against Vladimir Belujsky

Highly touted prospect Ben Whittaker continues his march into the pro ranks when he moves up to the 8 round distance on the Boxxer promoted Franchon Crews-Dezurn vs Savannah Marshall undercard in Manchester on July 1st.

Whittaker (3-0, 2 KO’s) won a silver medal for Great Britain at the 2020 Olympic Games and has won a legion of fans since entering the professional ranks last year, his supremely confident showboating style harking back to his idol ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed and proving a huge hit with fight fans.

The Wolverhampton wonderkid has made no secret of his ambitions to fast-track himself to the bigtime: he went immediately into six-round fights after turning professional, skipping any four-round experience, and is now stepping up for an eight-round bout in what is only his fourth professional fight.

In Manchester he will take on Ireland-based light-heavyweight Vladimir Belujsky (13-6, 9 KO’s). He comes off a stoppage victory over the little known Josef Holub in the Czech Republic this past January having preciously lost to Karol Itauma in London.

Promoter Ben Shalom spoke of his charge ahead of the upcoming date in Manchester. 

“Ben Whittaker’s last performance got him on the radar of every sports fan in the country. He’s a once-in-a-lifetime type of talent and he’s said himself that he wants to be fighting at the top level as soon as possible. This will be his first fight over eight rounds. Vladimir Belujsky is tough, he’s tricky, but I think we’re going to see something special from Ben Whittaker once again in Manchester.”