8 October 2010 – Jonny Stapleton
European super-middleweight champion Brian Magee turned down a chance to join the prestigious Super Six World Classic series in favour of a shot at WBA world champion Dimitri Sartison.
The in demand Belfast veterans stock has rocketed since he buckled the EBU title around his waist by destroying the Dane Mads Larsen earlier this year.
Irelands highest ranked boxer has gone from super-middleweight also ran to being considered one of the divisions biggest names and worthy of a place in its biggest contest.
But despite a lucrative offer from Lou Dibella and American Network Showtime, the former British champion has elected against entering the ground breaking tournament at this stage.
Instead the 35 year old will follow a previously laid out pension plan that will see him challenge the WBA champion electing to follow a career path that could lead to the winner of the Super Six.
The talented and experienced Magees next fight will definitely be against the German but it is becoming less likely that his World title shot will come as an early Christmas present.
Magees manager, Pat Magee is confident he can secure Belfast as the venue for the prestigious bout but stressed it could be the new year before the fight goes ahead.
The situation is, Brian Magee will challenge for the WBA title, Pat Magee told the Irish Mirror.
Neither Brian or the champion, Sartison are allowed to fight anyone else before they met. We have until October 25 to make a deal and if nothing can be agreed by then it will go to purse bids. It is possible the fight could be in Belfast before Christmas but as the days go by it seems more likely it will be after New Year, he added before discussing the Super Sixs interest.
Brian had a chance to fight in the Super Six. They wanted him to replace Kessler, which is very flattering considering were he was last year. But on balance we thought it better if we go to for the World title. Brian would be playing catch up as he wasnt in the first round of fights. After weighing up the options we think it is better to fight Sartison and then go after the winner of the Super Six.