Magee prepares power play against Markussen
Brian Magee heads off to Denmark today relishing the prospect of another day of glory on foreign soil.
Magee defends his WBA interim super-middleweight title against Rudy Markussen who throughout the build-up to their clash at the Brondy Arena has suggested that his power will be the deciding factor on Saturday night.
“Magee is a tough champion who has proven his class in a lot of battles,” Markussen said. “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 from the ring 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.”
The 36-year-old Belfast man has already won the European belt on Danish soil two years ago and last July went to Costa Rica to claim the WBA’s interim belt which assures him of the mandatory challenger’s position for the regular WBA crown held by Hungarian Karoly Balzsay. Now he takes on Markussen in front of a sell-out 6,000 crowd in Brondby.
“I know that he believes he is a big puncher and he has stopped his last four opponents since returning to the ring but he seems to be underestimating the power that I have,” said Magee.
“If I had been fighting those four opponents I would have expected to stop them as well.
“There’s no doubt that I’m a bigger super-middleweight now than I have ever been and I’m hitting harder than ever before.
“I’ve had five different sparring partners leading up to this fight and they have all felt my power.
“Preparation has been great and I feel that I am ready for whatever Markussen has. He’s a strong guy and he has to be respected but I am very confident of retaining my title.
“Going away from home doesn’t bother me; I’m a very experienced fighter now and I’ve been in with better fighters than Markussen. I’m sure it will be a good fight because he likes to go forward looking for a fight and I’ll be ready for him.
“I’m really enjoying my boxing at the moment, I’ve had some tough times but now things have been going pretty well and there are plenty of big opportunities out there for me if I can do the business against Markussen.”
Southpaw Magee is right on the weight already for Saturday night’s big showdown which is part of the BoxNation double header also featuring the World heavyweight title clash between WBC champion Vitali Klitschko and Britain’s Dereck Chisora.
At yesterday’s press conference, Chisora hailed Klitschko as “the king of the sport” but insisted he will show the champion no respect in Munich.
Chisora comes into the fight on the back of two high-profile defeats, firstly to domestic rival Tyson Fury last summer and then, after a low-key win against Remigijus Ziausys, to Robert Helenius in a highly controversial European title clash before Christmas.
“Everyone is saying that it will be the toughest test of my career but that's just because he has been on the throne for such a long time,” said the 10-1 outsider.
“Maybe this will be the toughest test of his career. It's going to be amazing whatever happens. It will be a great fight, the public will love it.
“Vitali has been around a long time. He is the king of the sport but it's about time that somebody came in who is young and fresh, who is not scared of anyone and who is going to whoop his ass. A lot of people have tried to do it but they don't have the swagger and the passion to go in there and do the business but I have got it.”