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Brian Magee’s at peace with the world

It's been a long time coming but if Brian Magee has learned anything in his career it is patience.

The Belfast man claimed the European super-middleweight title in January and now makes the first defence of his crown on September 11 in Dublin’s National Stadium against Armenian Roman Aramian.

Magee’s career has been littered with long periods of inactivity for one reason or the other but on this occasion he has been tranquility personified, biding his time for what could well be the final step before a shot at the WBA super-middleweight title.

Looking and sounding a fighter at ease with life at yesterday’s press conference at Croke Park, Magee cut a figure of a man with more deep rooted confidence than ever before.

Little wonder as it has emerged that the 35-year-old is on the cusp of becoming the mandatory challenger to WBA champion Dimitri Sartison.

“It was a little frustrating that the first defence didn’t come sooner but I knew that everything was on track and now things are coming together just lovely,” said Magee.

“Obviously I would have liked to have defended my title in the King’s Hall but I’m glad that the fight is on and I’m looking forward to a good defence of the title because I know the World title chance isn’t far away.

“This guy has only lost to top quality fighters so I know I have to be ready for a hard night’s work. It’ll be great to box again in the National Stadium where I had some great nights as an amateur.”

Manager Pat Magee said: “I've had preliminary talks regarding a World title fight and the champion Dmitry Sartison is due to make a mandatory defence and as the ratings stand at present Brian could be next in line. The other ti

tles are not out of the question altogether but they present greater difficulties. The WBC title held by Mikkel Kessler is tied up in the Super Six tournament until the latter end of 2011. The IBF champion Lucien Bute is due a mandatory defence in October and the WBO champion Robert Stieglitz has a mandatory coming up also.”

Champion Magee can expect a decent test from the Armenian whose fellow countryman Arsen Martirosyan will face Spain’s Kiko Martinez in a vacant European super-bantamweight title fight on the same bill.

The exciting Brian Peters show will also feature a rubber match between Dublin rivals Anthony Fitzgerald and Robbie Long for the Irish super-middleweight title.

Peters said: “There hasn't been a European title fight in Dublin since Bernard Dunne lost his title to Kiko at the old Point in 2007 so to have two in the one night and an all Dublin Irish title fight on the card as well means it should be a night to remember.

“Brian Magee has been one of Irish boxing's great servants and to win the European title in the manner he did by winning the title on the road in such emphatic fashion was a fantastic achievement and I'm delighted to be able to give him the opportunity to make his first defence at home.”

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