August 3 Jonny Stapleton
Brain Magee landed in Ireland with his newly acquired WBA interim world title yesterday with manager Pat Magee warning him to get ready for career take off.
Magee claimed the super middleweight world crown by defeating Jamie Barboza in front of eight Irish people, the President of Costa Rica and Don King in San Jose last Saturday.
And the world level Belfast fighter is now in demand and names like Mikkel Kessler and Kelly Pavlik have joined Carl Froch and George Groves on the list of potential opponents.
Indeed former pound for pound contender Pavlik is one of four fighters from around the world that have already been in touch re a potential dust up.
“Brian is a great position now. We don’t have to look for fighters they are looking for us. We have had an approach from Kelly Pavlik’s people already. There is a possibility of Kessler too. Those are two of four names we can mention today,” Pat Magee told www.irish-boxing.com at Dublin Airport yesterday.
Whilst the former British and European champion will proudly parade his belt around Belfast over the coming days, it doesn’t seem like fans will get to see him defend the strap at home any time soon.
Magee revealed it makes more sense for the fighter, who certainly doesn’t suffer from travel sickness, to go back on the road and defend his title outside Ireland.
“Brian will most likely make a voluntary defence in November. For that fight to be in Belfast we would need another top 10 Irish contender and there is none out there at present. We have no problems travelling lets just hope its not as far next time.”
Magee also claimed his charge deserves tremendous credit for the manner in which he defeated the Costa Rican over the weekend.
The former European and British champion had to over come harsh conditions as well as an inspired fighter.
“It was very physically demanding for Brian. Jamie Barboza fought above himself and why wouldn’t he? He had a chance to make history. The president of his country was there. It has to be said the Costa Rican crowd were very fair and they appreciated the performance Brian put in. Brian would have liked the stoppage, but can’t go that far away under those conditions, win and be disappointed.”