Brian Magee The Belfast battler, put in a fine performance to win the vacant European super-middleweight title, stopping Denmarks Mads Larsen in the seventh round in Larsens home town of Aarhus in Denmark on Saturday night.
Magee the former IBO champion, was landing the cleaner shots and was looking the fresher boxer of the two from the first bell, he looked in very good shape, taking the fight to Larsen
Magee was pressing forward from the first bell and was looking to back-up Larsen, the Dane was content to try and land single shots, fighting on the back foot.
Both fighters were coming off a 13 month layoff’s, but evidently it had done Larsen more harm than Magee, Larsen is an handy operator and has mixed in good class but at times the long layoff looked evident as he struggled to find the range.
Magee had challenged unsuccessfully for this same title five years ago against Vitali Tsypko in Germany, the fight was very close on the cards, but many thought Magee should have been crowned champion then.
Magee moved up a gear in the fourth round landed good hooks to the body that hurt the Dane, southpaw Magee sensed his adversary was hurt and was ready to pick up the pace.
Larsen was hurt again to the body shot in the fifth and went down for a count, surving that round, the sixth was no better for Larsen has he went down twice again, although the first knockdown looked like it could have been a low blow.
With Larsen looking weary and a beaten man, he bravely made the call for the start of the seventh round. The end came seconds into the round after another superb body shot from Magee into the floating rib of Larsen, sent him to the canvas, and that was the time for the referee to wave off the fight immediately.
Magee 34 who had won the British title by knocking out Stevie McGuire in eight rounds back in December 2008, but he had to give up the Lonsdale belt in March due to a shoulder injury.
He was then scheduled to challenge for his old title against the new British champion Tony Quigley in June but the bout had to be called off after this time the Liverpool fighter suffered an injury, this chance and victory was a sweet consulation for Magee recent woes.
By Chris Maylett BritishBoxers.co.uk