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Markussen: I am ready

Tony Brochner

Rudy Markussen today gave a taste of his famed and feared punching power during a public work-out in Herning. The former European super middleweight champion headlines the first-ever TV 2 Fight Night on Saturday when he comes face-to-face with Frenchman Christophe Karagoz. “I am in great shape,” Markussen stated. “I have trained very hard and very long for the comeback. I am ready and I am really eager to get back into the ring.”

Tony Brochner

Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham and Sven Ottke are among those who have most recently lauded Markussen’s punching power, and the 32-year-old has vowed not to disappoint his big fan base that expects a strong performance. “I am the hardest-punching fighter at super-middleweight. I have broken my hand so many times because I punch so hard. During my ring break I have learned some new things about power when conducting my physical training. So the fans will see a new, even more powerful Rudy Markussen on Saturday night.” And he added, “The key for a victory will be superior boxing skills, speed and power.”

Meanwhile, promoter Nisse Sauerland expects “fireworks” from Markussen. “I am sure he will kick off the TV 2 Fight Night Series in style,” Sauerland said. “He has incredibly strong arms and Christophe Karagoz is about to find out what that means. I expect Rudy to overpower his opponent and knock him out in the later rounds.”

On a sidenote, Markussen will be fighting with an Austrian license after a compromise between Team Sauerland, the Austrian Boxing Federation (FVA) and the Danish Professional Boxing Federation (DPBF). While the DPBF will supervise the undercard fights, the FVA will supervise the Markussen-Karagoz bout. “We are pleased to have sorted out all details and look forward to an exciting night,” Nisse Sauerland added.

TV 2 start their broadcast at 21:20h on Saturday night, screening Patrick Nielsen´s clash with tough Hungarian Janos Varga. The gifted middleweight, who trains with Mikkel Kessler, is seeking his fifth win in as many fights. “I am in great shape and I will beat Varga,” he said. After the main fight between Markussen and Karagoz, lightweight Kim Poulsen´s fight against Zsolt Nagy will also be screened live.

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