09 December 2008 – Press Release
Brian Magee is hoping it will be a case of third time lucky as he clashes with Scotland’s Stevie McGuire for the Vacant British super-middleweight title at the Brentwood Centre on Saturday, December 13.
The Holy Trinity boxer has his third crack at becoming British champion after losing to newly crowned WBC world champion Carl Froch in 2006 and then being held to a controversial draw with Tony Oakey last year. The draw with Oakey was for the British light-heavyweight title but Magee has returned to his natural super-middleweight division and feels better for it.
The former IBO champion hopes to end the 15-fight unbeaten record of McGuire on the Hennessy Sports show that is being shown live on ITV4 at 8.40pm. Magee, who retains aspirations of fighting for a world title can secure a shot at the European title if he beats the dangerous McGuire.
“Its hard to argue against Carl Froch being the best super-middleweight in the world after Saturdays performance, so Ive taken confidence from the fact that I pushed him close to the wire when we fought,” said Magee.
“Carl stopped me in the 11th round but two judges had me just one point behind at that stage and that was the first time I had been knocked out in my career. Carl is superb and won the world title last weekend and I believe I can win titles beyond domestic level.
“I should have got the decision in Germany when I fought Vitali Tsypko for the European title and hes waiting for a world title shot now. Im concentrating full on this fight but Im also looking ahead to where I want to go, which is where Carl Froch is. “Ive had to come down a level to get fights and I even had an attempt at the light-heavyweight title, but I was never happy at that weight. I didnt feel myself in that fight, even though it was a controversial decision. McGuire is going to be ready for the fight of his life so Ive got to be on top of my game to get myself up there for bigger things which I believe Im capable of.”
Also on the bill, Darren Barker (Barnet, England) defends his Commonwealth Middleweight Title against Banbridge’s Jason McKay.