By Alex Hermann
Former European champion Mads Larsen (51-3, 38 KO) will be back in the ring on June 2, when he takes on Italien Lorenzo Di Giacomo (41-6-1, 19 KO) in Herning, Denmark.
“It’s great to be back,” Larsen said. “I am in perfect shape after all the grueling training with those German coaches. The fire is still burning inside me and I know that I can still compete at the top level. June 2 will be the first step. Di Giacomo is a tough guy, he has proven his class in recent fights, but to reach the top again, I will have to find a way past him.”
Larsen, 39 years old, has been out of the ring since January 2010, when he was stopped by Brian Magee after a terrible performance in a fight for the European title.
The fight against Brian Magee was a very bad experience for Larsen. He fought with an injured elbow, and after the fight he was tested positive for illegal drugs.
In 2003, Larsen was very close to winning the WBA and IBF titles. Many felt Larsen deserved the victory against Sven Ottke, but the German hero got a close and controversial majority dicision. Only four weeks later, Larsen was back en Germany and outclassed European champion Danilo Haussler. A fight for the WBA title against Manny Siaca fell through because of an injury, and after that Larsen was out of the ring for more than two years because of a disagreement with manager Mogens Palle. Larsen was back in the ring in 2007 with Sauerland Event as promotor.
Former The Contender-participant Ahmed Kaddour will be on the June 2-undercard as well as WBA/WBC/WBO female welterweight champ Cecilia Braekhus.