Belfast Telegraph

Baby joy caps great few days for Brian Magee

By David Kelly

Brian Magee revealed last night how new-born baby girl Darcy inspired him to his WBA interim title victory at the weekend.

Magee arrived at the Balmoral Hotel straight from Dublin Airport for his first glimpse of six-day old Darcy and congratulatory hugs from wife Catherine and daughter Katie.

It was a special moment for the 36-year-old, coming on the back of his unanimous points victory over Jaime Barboza in Costa Rica on Saturday night.

Wife Catherine revealed how she shocked the new champion with the news that Darcy was on the way.

“I rang him to tell him that she was on the way and he didn’t believe me!” said Catherine.

“Then I texted him she was born and emailed him the photographs, so it has been quite a few days. He boxed so well and I’m so proud of him.”

Magee proudly displayed his belt at last night’s press conference and admitted that the news of Darcy’s birth got him fired up more than ever for the Barboza clash.

“It really gave me a lift when I knew she was fine and Catherine was fine and to see the pictures of her was just amazing ahead of the fight,” said Magee.

“And now to see her in the flesh, she is just so much more beautiful than I could have imagined.

“We knew this was the position we could be in but it was tough being away from home for the birth. But now I just feel amazing and it’s great to bring the belt home to Darcy and Katie.”

Now Magee is aiming to move forward and cash in on his success with a defence of the interim title in either Denmark or Montreal where he was such a hit with the fans and promotional company Interbox following his gutsy loss at the hands of IBF champion Lucien Bute in March.

“If it was up to me I'd like Manny Pacquaio if he would step up!” quipped Magee.

Co-manager Pat Magee is biding his time, though already an offer has come in for a defence in Denmark.

“Before Saturday night we were in a position where we had to chase people and now we have people chasing us,” said Pat Magee.

“The regular title is vacant at the moment and due to be decided in Ukraine on August 26. It may or may not take place and if not then Brian is the regular WBA champion.

“In addition Brian can make a voluntary defence in November and then defend against the winner of the August 26 fight.

“He’s in a great position with a chance for some big pay-days.”

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