By Jonny Stapleton
Rudy Markussen claims he will live up to his ‘Hardhitter’ ring moniker and knock Brian Magee out this Saturday night.
The Danish fighter is confident he has both the strength and skill to stop the Belfast veteran to become the new WBA interim super middleweight champion of the world.
Markussen, who has 24 knockouts in his 34 wins, claims Copenhagen will not be so wonderful for the Irish fighter of the Year as the former IBF world title challenger is eager to ensure he doesn’t let another world title slip through his grasp.
“I am Very excited. I waited many years to get a second chance. I’m happy that Sauerland were able to make the fight and they kept believing in me. Brian Magee is a tough fighter and I expect a tough fight. I don’t think too much about my opponents. I focus on my own skills and I know I have the punch to knock out Magee. Irish fans can expect a Hardhitter knock out win,” Markussen told www.irish-boxing.com.
At 36 and 34 Magee and Markussen can both be deemed veterans, but the Belfast champ has been claiming his big fight past ensures he is more experienced and provides him with an edge.
The challenger disagrees. The Dane claims all Magee’s experiences at the top were negative and count for nothing ahead of Saturday’s BoxNation Broadcast bout.
“What Brian said about experience is not the true. I will prove that on Saturday. Every time Brian fought top guys, he was stopped and I am a top guy. I guess bad experiences is a kind of experience as well.”
Camp Magee have intimidated they choose to fight in Denmark-a place were they previously enjoyed European success over Mads Larsen- to help secure a massive fight with former Super Six contestant Mikkel Kessler.
But Markussen has warned them against looking past Saturday’s challenge.
“I don’t know about Magee but I focus on one fight at time. When I win this fight on Saturday then I will sit with my team and then look at the next option.”