Super middleweight Rudy Markussen (33-2, 20 KOs) will make his long-awaited return to the ring on May 15 when MCH Herning will host the historic first-ever TV 2 Fight Night. The former European champion will be in action for the first time since October 2006. He has passed all medicals and received a license from the Danish Professional Boxing Federation (DPBF). Markussen will take on Ilir Mustafa (27-10, 17 KOs). “I am thrilled to be back,” Markussen said. “I have worked hard to stay in perfect shape and I am ready to return to the ring. The TV 2 Fight Night Series promises to provide fantastic entertainment for sports fans all over Denmark and I am honored to headline in the first show of this groundbreaking series.”
In January, Team Sauerland and TV 2 announced their innovative concept to lift Danish professional boxing to a new level. Further to Markussen, lightweight hopefuls Kim Poulsen (12-1, 3 KOs) and Kaspar Bruun (5-0, 2 KOs) as well as middleweight talent Patrick Nielsen (3-0, 2 KOs) will make regular appearances on the TV 2 shows.
Meanwhile, Nisse Sauerland will spearhead Team Sauerland’s expansion, assuming command of the Fight Night activities. Like his brother Kalle, he has inherited the love for boxing from his father, Hall-of-Fame Promoter Wilfried Sauerland. Over the last few years, Nisse has worked closely with General Manager Chris Meyer, Sports Director Hagen Doering as well as the entire Sauerland-Team, getting a feel for the boxing business. “We will combine Team Sauerland’s promotional know-how and TV 2s marketing power to find the next Danish superstar,” Nisse Sauerland said. “We are thrilled to stage the historic first-ever TV 2 Fight Night in Herning. There is so much talent in Danish boxing and this great series will showcase it. Rudy Markussen is a hell of a fighter and we will pave his way back to the top, starting with a KO victory over Mustafa on May 15.”
Georg Soerensen, CEO of MCH Herning, is equally excited about the Fight Night concept – and Markussen’s return. “After hosting two Kessler fights, we now look forward to another great night of world-class boxing in Herning,” said Soerensen.
“Rudy Markussen is an exciting boxer and together with the boxing fans in Denmark we will support him as he starts his way back to the top.” Frederik Lauesen, TV 2 Head of Sport, added: “The TV 2 Fight Nights will revolutionize Danish professional boxing. Together with Team Sauerland, we look forward to presenting the first of many exciting boxing shows. May 15th will mark the beginning of something great.”
The fight card for May 15 will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, April 19, at 10 am. They can be obtained at Billetnet.dk, by phone (70331333) and directly at MCH Herning Kongrescenter.