Markussen: I’m the biggest hitter at 168, when Magee finds out about my power it’ll be too late

19 Jan

Ibrahim Harb – Birmingham

Northern Irish southpaw Brian Magee, 36, will defend his Interim WBA super middleweight championship belt at the Broendby Hallen in Denmark on February 18 as he comes up against hometown favourite Rudy Markussen (37-2-0, 24ko). Magee fought in Denmark as recently as 2010 than when the Briton beat Mads Larsen for the EBU title at 168lbs. Markussen, meanwhile, has been away from Broendby for five years and will likely receive a heroes welcome.

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Brian Magee will make first defence of interim accolade. Credit: Tom Casino/Showtime

According to Markussen’s promoter, Nisse Sauerland, Magee (35-4-1, 24ko) will have his work cut out for him as he issued the following caveat: “Rudy has knocked out everybody we have put in front of him. He has earned his [interim] world title shot and we are thrilled to bring him back to Broendby where he can count on the boisterous support of his hometown fans.”

Sauerland continued: “Magee is incredibly tough but I am convinced that Rudy will beat him.”

Magee is a mature and experienced prizefighter. Since succumbing to a late stoppage loss to Carl Froch in 2006, he embarked on a ten-fight undefeated streak (9-0-1, 5ko) until a world title challenger against IBF belt holder Lucian Bute ended in disappointment in March, last year. However, Magee has since bounced back, trumping Jaime Barboza in Costa Rica to nick the interim version of the WBA’s super middleweight championship.

Despite his accomplishments, Markussen echoes his promoter’s sentiment… that his opponent will leave Denmark with one further blemish on his pugilistic resume. The self-proclaimed power puncher stated: “Magee is a tough champion who has proven his class in a lot of battles but I am the hardest-hitting fighter at super-middleweight and when Magee finds out about my power it will be too late for him.”

“This will be a very special night for me and my fans. I have not been fighting at home for more than five years so I want to make it a special evening for everybody. During my break I never stopped believing in myself. I knew my big day would come and here it is. With the help of my fans I will make it a night to remember.”

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One Response to “Markussen: I’m the biggest hitter at 168, when Magee finds out about my power it’ll be too late”


  1. News: Jan – June « On The Beak - November 18, 2012

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