By Jonny Stapleton
Brain Magee proved he is the ‘genuine’ WBA world champion with his sensational stoppage of Rudy Markussen in Copenhagen last night and the Interim champion now wants the regular belt he feels belongs to him.
Having retained his title the Belfast veteran is now targeting a fight with WBA super middleweight champion of the world, Karoly Balzsay and hopes to challenge the Hungarian this summer.
The former British and European champion’s name has been mentioned with the likes of Mikkel Kessler, Carl Froch, George Groves and Andre Ward, but manager Pat Magee revealed his fighter instructed him to pursue the regular belt and Balzsay.
“We have already contacted the WBA and told them we are looking for regular title and a fight with Balzay. Brian is the mandatory challenger for that belt anyway. Saturday night was all important. It was big step up. Brian proved he is the genuine WBA champion and he told me he wants the belt to ensure there is no doubt about it. So that is our next move.,” Pat Magee said after contacting Mirror Sport.
At 36 years of age it seems like every fight for Magee is sudden death at present. He could be one loss away from retirement. Pat Magee, however is adamant his charge isn’t thinking of hanging up his gloves as he enjoys an amazing boxing renaissance.
Indeed the champions manager claims Magee is maturing in the same manner of a fine wine and see’s improvements with age.
“That shot he landed on Saturday was top quality. I never seen him land one like that before. There is no defence for a shot like that. The ref said after he knew Markussen wouldn’t get up. It was just devastating,” Magee added.
“Bernardo was working on that shot in the gym with Brian. Brian Magee is becoming an aggressive hard hitting south paw. He is a different type fighter now than he was when he was 30 and it looks bright for the future.”