Magee Markussen still on

By Jonny Stapleton
Brain Magee will make the first defence of his WBA interim world title against Rudy Markussen in Denmark in February despite weekend claims from the Danish camp that the fight was off.

A long running feud between Team Sauerland and Danish veteran promoter Mogens Palle threaten to prevent the super middleweights from doing battle in Copenhagen.

Indeed German Saureland declared the fight off stating

“The fight will not happen. Unrealistic demands have been made, economically. Hopefully, we have a new opponent for Markussen by Monday.”

However Magee’s manager Pat Magee contacted Mirror Sport stressing the clash of the veterans will go ahead as planned. In fact he claims a press conference to announce the fight has been called for Wednesday.

Magee revealed Palle and Suaerland worked out their financial differences and the German promoter matched the highest offer made to the former British and European champion.

“Contrary to reports over the weekend the fight is still on course to happen. It is obvious both sides want the fight. It is a massive fight in Denmark. A date and venue have been set and agreed. They moved the fight forward a week to February 18, but a date has been agreed. I am confident Brain Magee will make the first defence of his interim title on that date in Copenhagen on February 18 and will go on to have a big year.”

Globe trotter Magee will be relieved a turbulent weekend has been put behind him. He can now focus on defending his title against the experienced Dane and his plans to claim the regular crown in the summer before finishing the year and possibly his distinguished career with a clash against a massive super middleweight name are still on course.


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