29th July 2011
Brian Magee – for more information on magee visit www.brianmagee.co.uk
Belfast‘s Former British and European super middleweight champion Brian Magee meets Costa Rican Jaime Barboza on Saturday night for the WBA Interim title at the Gimnasio Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica in a promotion named ‘KO against drugs.’

It is Magee’s first fight since losing the IBF world title challenge against champion Lucien Bute, via a 10th round stoppage in Canada this March and the Irishman will be looking for a return win, in another away fight, his furthest from home to date.

The 35-year-old, who once held the IBO super-middleweight title in 2001, hopes that a win against Barboza can again put him on the brink of another shot at a world title.

“For me as a fighter you always want to be in big fights and get the big prizes and this (fight) is a step closer to that so it is.” Magee told boxingchannel.com. watch pre fight interview with Magee here, from his Costa Rican training camp.

Magee should have too much ring generalship for the aggressive Barboza 33, who has a record of 17-4, 8KOs and is in by far his toughest fight to date against Magee. But the Costa Rican is fighting in his home town and will be motivated by this and will give Magee (34-4, 1, 24KOs) his best while it lasts.
Magee should be able to ride out Barboza’s early attacks and then force a late stoppage around round 7.

Meanwhile, promoter Mick Hennessy has stated categorically that, contrary to internet rumours, Tyson Fury’s first defence of the British and Commonwealth heavyweight title will not be on September 10 at the Odyssey.

“I don’t how that got out there but Tyson Fury is not on that show and frankly Tyson is the biggest star in Irish boxing and will be headlining his own show in Belfast very shortly,” said Hennessy.