NI's Magee loses world title

Published Sunday, 09 December 2012
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Lisburn boxer Brian Magee has lost his world super-middleweight title in Saturday night's big clash with Dane Mikkel Kessler.

NI's Magee loses world title
Brian Magee is floored by Mikkel Kessler in Denmark (© Presseye)

The bout was won by Kessler after a third round stoppage, following some brutal body shots that just proved too much for Magee.

Kessler knocked the wind out of his opponent's sails in the second round with a right to the body that left Magee visibly struggling.

The 37-year-old was given a standing eight count after turning his back following another punch to the stomach later in the round.

Magee's bravery was ended with yet another body shot, forcing referee Luis Pabon to call a halt to proceedings after 24 seconds of round three.

Magee became the WBA's regular champion after Ward was promoted to super champion at 168lbs although he was a firm underdog after agreeing to go into Kessler's back yard.

He had told UTV that he wanted to prove he was worthy of the honour.

He was, however, well aware of the task that lay ahead - billing his opponent as "probably one of the best middleweights of the last decade".

© UTV News
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2 Comments
james in dundonald wrote (681 days ago):
lets be honest, he just was not up to it, when he got hurt early on he just did not recover,brian magee should be proud of his boxing record, a great ambassador for northern ireland.
Conor in Belfast wrote (683 days ago):
Watched the fight and to be honest looked like a pay day for Brian.when you take a blow to the stomach and or forced to take a count the next thing you do is cover up the body.kessler knew that was his weakness and his game plan was well executed.he continued to throw shots to the stomach of Magee until forcing him to be stopped.magee has been round long enough to know how to defend himself,he never wanted to know on the night that mattered.he,s got his big pay day now it's time to hang up the gloves,and spend it.
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