21 March 2011 – Jonny Stapleton
Brian Magee hasnt given up on the world title dream despite losing to IBF champion Lucian Bute in Montreal last Saturday.
A aassive 12-1 underdog, Magee did himself proud with a brave and resilient performance against the man regarded as the best in the super middleweight division. But the former European and British champion isnt content with receiving world wide plaudits for his display and wants another shot at becoming champion of the world before he hangs up his gloves. The 35 year old, whose stock has risen despite suffering defeat, has vowed to go on and believes his performance against the highly respected Canadain based Romanian proves he belongs at world level.
The former Olympian has now set his sights on the WBA strap he was mandatory challenger for before his IBF tilt.
I still want to go on,” he said. “I know that I can win a version of the world title. On the night Bute was the better man. He was quicker than I thought and he also stayed away from me and made it hard to catch him with combinations, Magee explained. Its not so bad having a loss on your record against the best in the world. Hes a great champion. I gave it everything. Hes probably the best guy Ive ever been in with. In the early stages I knew that I had hurt him a couple of times, but I just couldnt get landing consistently. Ill take a rest now but I would love to have a shot at maybe the WBA title. I think I proved that I belong at this level.
Magees manager Pat Magee claimed his charge’s performance should be enough to secure him another world title shot.
We are disappointed not to have won, but Lucian Bute is a special champion. Clearly hes the best in the world at super-middleweight. Brian gave him a great fight.
Brian has done himself proud and now he should take six months to really think about what he wants to do. Im sure he can get another title shot but its up him.