Magee: It's my time to shine

  • Last Updated: December 6 2012, 16:22 GMT

Brian Magee hopes to make the most of a 'golden era' for super-middleweights if he defends his world title against Mikkel Kessler on Saturday night.

Brian Magee defends his WBA title against Mikkel Kessler this Saturday.

Magee puts his WBA belt on the line against the Danish star in Herning and he knows that victory will land him another major fight in a division bursting with big names.

WBA 'super' champion Andre Ward, the top fighter at 168lbs, is being lined up to face this weekend's winner, while a clash with old foe Carl Froch could also be on the cards if Magee ruins his hopes of a rematch with Kessler.

"A lot can happen, let's see," he told Sky Sports. "With this division at the moment there are so many superstars in it, so many big fights, you don't have to go looking for fights.

"There are so many fights that can happen out there. It's definitely a golden era for the super-middleweight division."

When asked about a hometown rematch with Froch, who halted him in 2006, he said: "It's probably too big a fight to have in Belfast, but that would be amazing.

"I would love to fight in Belfast again."

The 37-year-old added another exciting chapter to his career with a string of impressive wins on foreign soil, including two triumphs in Denmark, and he relishes the opportunity to upset a home favourite.

"I've got the mentality now that I've got to do it this way, just get on with the job," he said. "This is it and this is how it is. You have to rise to the challenge you know, it motivates you.

"It's definitely worked for me so far. Fingers crossed, I have travelled to Denmark and things have gone just as good."

Magee is no stranger to big bouts, having previously faced Lucian Bute in a red-hot atmosphere in Montreal, but even he is taken aback by the hype and publicity surrounding his clash with Kessler.

Kessler attracts a legion of passionate fans and Magee is bracing himself for yet another tough mission in hostile territory.

"Fighting Bute in Montreal, he's a massive star, but this is a higher level up," he said.

"It's crazy the way they follow him, they hold him in such high esteem. I knew it was going to be big, but I was shocked at how big it is now that I'm here.

"They are good fight fans, it's just a pity they are all here for their man. They are passionate, they are loud, they are hysterical actually to the other man, but it makes for a great atmosphere in the arena.

The 'Viking Warrior' has endured injury problems in recent years and was floored before he halted Allan Green in his last bout, but Magee does not think his opponent is on the slide.

"He showed the signs of a champion, where he was down heavily against Green but he's got up and knocked the other guy out," he said.

"The way he has come back and stopped him, I don't see that as a weakness. I see that as a positive."

Magee admits he has become a forgotten man after fighting away from home, but he hopes to seize his time in the spotlight by upsetting the odds again in front of the Sky cameras.

"When you're travelling abroad it doesn't get viewed as it used to be early in my career when I was the main headliner," he said.

"People kind of miss it and everything you are doing. It's the way my career has gone, but real boxing fans they know the deal and give credit where credit is due.

"The past couple of fights, the past 10 or 12 fights have all been classed as my last fight. This is my time to shine, I've done it and I've come through and this is one of those times where I've got to do it all over again."


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