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Brian Magee to face Mads Larsen in European title bout

Brian Magee
Magee is a previous IBO and British super-middleweight champion

Brian Magee has landed a lucrative European super-middleweight title bout against Dane Mads Larsen in Aarhus on 30 January.

Belfast man Magee will share a purse of £270,000 with Larsen as they battle to win the vacant European belt.

Magee, a former IBO champion, was forced to vacate the British title in March because of injury.

However his manager Pat Magee said that the 34-year-old is confident of winning in Denmark.

"He has no fears about going to Larsen's home town," added Pat Magee.

"Brian has been in training for the past four weeks and is already sparring.

"He hasn't boxed in 12 months and he is itching to get back in the ring."

Magee will hope to emulate Derryman Charlie Nash by winning a European title in Denmark.

Nash defeated Scottish great Ken Buchanan to land the European Boxing Union belt in Copenhagen 30 years ago this month.

In his previous bout last December, Magee landed the British title by knocking out Stevie McGuire in eight rounds.

However, a shoulder injury forced him to vacate the British belt in March.

He was then scheduled to challenge new British champion Tony Quigley in June but the bout had to be called off after the Liverpool fighter suffered an injury.

Larsen, 36, has held the European, IBO and WBF super middleweight titles and lost challenges for the WBA and IBF titles against German Sven Ottke.

see also
Magee forced to vacate his title
12 Mar 09 |  Boxing
Magee eyes European title fight
16 Dec 08 |  Boxing
Magee stops McGuire to take title
14 Dec 08 |  Boxing
Magee and McKay aiming for titles
13 Dec 08 |  Boxing
Magee eases to victory in Wigan
12 Jul 08 |  Boxing
McKay loses to Lee in title fight
15 Dec 07 |  Boxing
Oakey holds off Magee in Dublin
25 Aug 07 |  Boxing

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