Photos: Patrick Nielsen & Rudy Markussen Weigh-In

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Patrick Nielsen (23-1, 12 KOs) and Rudy Markussen (38-3, 25 KOs) both made weight today in Frederikshavn, Denmark ahead of their Collision Course clashes on Saturday night at the Arena Nord.

With a Danish mega-fight on the horizon, the bitter rivals face their final test ahead of a blockbuster showdown later this year. Nielsen, the current WBA International Champion, takes on Brazilian brawler Samir Santos Barbosa (36-12-3, 25 KOs), while Markussen returns from retirement to battle Ramazi Gogichashvili (19-6-2, 9 KOs).

Super Middleweight (catch weight 77 kg) – 10 Rounds:
Patrick Nielsen: 77 kg
Samir Santos Barbosa: 76 kg

‘’I’m looking forward to getting in the ring again,’’ said Nielsen. ‘’People can expect an explosive performance. I want to be more aggressive than in my last fight against Adamu. I feel stronger and I’m definitely hitting harder, so I’m going to try to stop Barbosa. I’m not thinking about Rudy, right now it is all about beating Barbosa.’’

Light Heavyweight– 8 Rounds:
Rudy Markussen: 78.4 kg
Ramazi Gogichashvili: 76.4 kg

“I have been in weight for three weeks, so I feel good and I’m ready to go,’’ said Markussen. “I have built up so much inside, and now, I really feel that I’m starting to look forward to the fight. This is a chance to show everybody that I’m back. I can’t wait to get in the ring and hear the fans scream my name.’’

Alongside the co-featured main events, fans in Frederikshavn will be treated to an action packed undercard featuring Danish talents Micki Nielsen (18-0, 12 KOs), who faces his toughest career challenge against Alejandro Emilio Valori (17-7, 13 KOs), Dennis Ceylan (15-0-1, 7 KOs), Abdul Khattab (11-1, 3 KOs) and Rashid Kassem (9-0, 6 KOs), rising Norwegian stars Tim-Robin Liahug (13-1, 8 KOs) and Kai Robin Havnaa (3-0, 2 KOs), plus Finnish super featherweight Petteri Frojdholm (8-0, 2 KOs).

A full list of undercard weights can be found below:

Cruiserweight – 10 Rounds (catch weight 91.5 kg):
Micki Nielsen: 91.5 kg
Alejandro Emilio Valori: 90.5 kg

Featherweight – 8 Rounds:
Dennis Ceylan: 57.1 kg
Elvis Guillen: 57.3 kg

Middleweight – 6 Rounds:
Abdul Khattab: 72.1 kg
Istvan Kiss: 72.3 kg

Lightweight – 8 Rounds:
Rashid Kassem: 62 kg
Roberto Priore: 60.6 kg

Super Middleweight – 8 Rounds:
Tim-Robin Lihaug: 76 kg
Baptiste Castegnaro: 75.8 kg

Cruiserweight – 4 Rounds:
Kai Robin Havnaa: 90.4 kg
Istvan Kun: 89 kg

Super Featherweight – 8 Rounds:
Petteri Frojdholm: 58.2 kg
Ramaz Bebnadze: 58.8 kg

Photo credit: Wende

The event will be broadcast across Scandinavia as part of Viaplay’s PPV Extravaganza. For more details please visit viaplay.com/boxingppv. Limited tickets are still available via areananord.dk.

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Patrick Nielsen

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Samir Santos Barbosa

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Samir Santos Barbosa, Patrick Nielsen

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Rudy Markussen

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Ramazi Gogichashvili

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Ramazi Gogichashvili, Rudy Markussen

Photos: Patrick Nielsen & Rudy Markussen Face-Off

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The war of words between Patrick Nielsen (26-1, 12 KOs) and Rudy Markussen (38-3, 25 KOs) continued at today’s pre-fight press conference to promote their ‘Collision Course’ clashes on Saturday night at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn.

The Danish rivals have been embroiled in a bitter feud since Nielsen made the move up to super middleweight, prompting Markussen to return from retirement to challenge the young southpaw. On Saturday night, both men face their final test ahead of a domestic mega-fight later this year with must win fights against tough international opposition.

Nielsen, the current WBA International Champion, takes on Brazilian brawler Samir Santos Barbosa (36-12-3, 25 KOs). ‘’I’ve been training harder than ever for this fight and breaking all my records in the gym,’’ reveals the 24 year-old.

‘’I’ve been growing and maturing with every new challenge, and right now, I feel unstoppable. In boxing you can never overlook an opponent, so Barbosa has my full attention, but once I’m finished with him, my attention turns to Rudy, and I’ll be ready to send him back into retirement!’’

In the co-featured main event, Markussen, the former European Champion and World title challenger, returns from a near to three year absence to face Ramazi Gogichashvili (19-6-2, 9 KOs).

‘’A fight with Patrick gives me all the motivation I need,’’ said the 38 year-old, who insists he is in top shape ahead of his ring return. ‘’My training has gone better than expected. I’m injury free and as fit as I’ve ever been. This is a fight I must win, and one I am well prepared for.’’

Nielsen could not resist the chance to antagonise his future opponent, presenting the ‘Hard Hitter’ with a ‘special welcome back gift’ – a framed photograph of Markussen suffering a KO defeat to Brian Magee in his February 2012 World title challenge.

‘’Rudy has been out the ring for a long time so I thought I would give him a special welcome back gift reminding him of what happened last time he fought a southpaw like me,’’ said Nielsen.

Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: ‘’Patrick versus Rudy is potentially one of the biggest domestic fights in Danish boxing history. It’s no secret that they don’t get along. You can feel the tension whenever they are in the same room. This is a fight the fans want to see and a fight that will happen if they both win on Saturday night.’’

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Patrick Nielsen, Nisse Sauerland, Rudy Markussen
Photo Credits: Team Sauerland

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Patrick Nielsen, Nisse Sauerland, Rudy Markussen

Arthur Abraham Inks Extension with Team Sauerland

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WBO World Champion ‘King’ Arthur Abraham (43-4, 29 KOs) has signed a contract extension with Team Sauerland, which will keep him tied to the powerhouse promoter until the end of 2017.

Having previously agreed terms, Abraham put pen to paper following his sensational sixth-round TKO win over Robert Stieglitz on July 18 in Halle, and now, the 35 year-old two-weight World Champion is ready to continue his reign at the top of the super middleweight division.

‘’Weeks before my last fight, it had already been agreed with a handshake that I would be extending my contact until the end of 2017,’’ reveals Abraham. ‘’But before signing, I wanted to prove to my team and my fans that I can still perform at the highest level. I proved that by beating Robert and now my signature is on the contract.’’

‘’With his brilliant knockout against Stieglitz, Arthur has shown that he is still one of the best super middleweights on the planet,’’ said promoter Kalle Sauerland. ‘’The hunger is still there and now it’s time for him to cement his legacy.’’

‘’The Super Six tournament may have come a little too early for me,’’ reflects Abraham. ‘’But now, I have without a doubt arrived in the super middleweight division. I love challenges and I want to test myself against the very best. My ultimate aim is unifications. I want to prove that I‘m number one in my weight class.’’

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Arthur Abraham
Photo Credit: Sebastian Heger

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