By Jonny Stapleton
Brian Magee will start what could prove to be an action packed year with the first defence of his WBA interim super middleweight title in Copenhagen on February 25
The Irish fighter with the best frequent flyers miles is on the road again and will put his title on the line against fellow veteran Rudy Markussen, 34.
If the Belfast fighter registers yet another successful away day he will then evoke his mandatory right to challenge for the regular WBA crown and plans to buckle that belt around his waist as early as June.
The 37 year olds big fight ambitions don’t stop there however. The former British and European champion is confident he can upgrade from interim to regular champion and will seek a fight with one of the divisions big guns before the year is out.
Magee plans to end next year and possibly his distinguished career with a mega bout and names such as Mikkel Kessler, Kelly Pavlik, Carl Froch, George Groves and Andre Dirrell a are all on his list of potentail opponents.
“A deal to fight Markussen will be finalised this week,” manager Pat Magee told Mirror Sport.
“The date agreed is February 25. Brian will defend over in Denmark. We are confident he will win. After he wins we will be chasing the WBA regular title. Karoly Balzsay and Dimitri Sartison fight for that belt at the end of this month. Once that fight is over we call for our mandatory rights to be met and we should challenge for that title by June,” Magee added.
“Once we become regular champion we will sit back and see who is around. There will be plenty of top names super middleweights looking for a title. Mikkel Kessler, Kelly Pavlik and Andre Dirrell are just some of the possibilities.”