By Jonny Stapleton
Ireland’s globe trotting boxer Brian Magee looks set to make a Scandinavian stop over en route to a WBA world title fight with Karoly Balzsay.
Magee, who claimed the European title in Denmark and fought in Canada and Costa Rica earlier this year, is in advanced talks with Sauerland Promotions re defending his WBA interim world title against former European Champion Rudy ’Hardhitter’ Markussen.
The Belfast veteran looks set to add to his frequent flyer miles by fighting the former IBF world title challenger in Denmark this January before evoking his mandatory status and challenging for the WBA world crown.
“We have been talking to Sauerland Promotions for the last six weeks and talks have gone well. At present we are looking at travelling to Denmark in January to fight Markussen. The plan is to have a voluntary defence of the interim title and then to go after the WBA title next year. Brian is mandatory for Balzsay so we will be looking for that fight,” manager Pat Magee told www.irish-boxing.com.
Markussen may be in Magee pole, but Pat Magee is keen to stress there are a number of fighters in the race.
The experienced manager claims the right offer could see a number of potential challengers over take the Dane and secure a shot at his charge’s WBA interim title.
Indeed Magee claims he has a number of options and stressed they would be interested in fighting James Degale if he claims the European title this weekend.
“We have a number of options, but Sauderland have made the best offer so far. We don’t have to finalise a decision till the end of this month. James Degale fights for the European title this weekend if he wins that he could be an option, but for now its looking like a trip to Denmark for Brian.”