01 February 2014, 17:00:00
The Vacant WBA Continental Welterweight Championship
Belaev overcomes battling Byrne with wide unanimous
It was a brave and battling performance from Ireland's Roman
Belaev, but he found himself over-powered and out-skilled by the
hard working Russian Roman Belaev.
Belaev, 23, underlined his growing potential with a heavy-handed
display to add the WBA Continental title to the WBF belt he already
holds in a busy welterweight division.
The Russian looked comfortable throughout the fight, while now
17-3-1 Byrne absorbed a number of body shots well and showed great
determination to survive to the end of the contest.
The scorecards came in handing Belaev a resounding and unanimous
win; they read 119-109, 120-106, 119-109 in his favour.
Irish Lightning Byrne set to face unbeaten Belaev in
Continental title bout
Ring walk expected at 5pm
Dublin favourite Dean Byrne faces one of the biggest fights of
his career as he attempts to win the Vacant WBA Continental
Welterweight Championship against 12-0 Russian Roman Belaev.
Ireland's Byrne has won 17 of his 20 career bouts, and enters
the bout on a three fight unbeaten streak.
But it's a stern test that awaits him in the form of up and
coming Kaliningrad-born, German-based welterweight Belaev, who has
won 10 of his 12 fights by knockout.