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.”
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.