18th February 2012
Northern Ireland's Brian Magee retains his WBA Interim World Super Middleweight Championship in front of a hostile Scandinavian crowd.
Southpaw Magee showed the greater movement around the ring, evading many of the straight right hands that Dane Markussen fired at him in the first.
The Belfast-born fighter stepped up his counter-punching in the following rounds, once again avoiding many of the shots let go by the home fighter.
In the fourth, and after an accidental clash of heads, Markussen was left with a cut above his right eye, while Magee continued his impressive counter attacking style.
The fifth and final round of the contest was two minutes old when the reigning Interim World Champ moved forward and caught his 34-year-old opponent with a crisp body shot that sent him to the canvas. Though Markussen regained his feet before the count, referee Stanley Christodoulou waved the fight off to hand Magee the win.
Northern Ireland's Brain Magee, 36, and Denmark's Rudy Markussen, 34, in a WBA Interim World Super Middleweight Championship showdown LIVE on BoxNationTV from Brondby, Denmark.
The 35 - 4 - 1 Magee will look to replicate his January 2010 performance, where he travelled to Aarhus, Denmark, and won the European Super Middleweight Championship with a seventh-round TKO against home-favourite Mads Larsen.
Markussen, known as "Hardhitter, will seek a fifth consecutive win by way of knockout to add to an impressive career record of 37 - 2. The Copenhagen-born fighter will have the backing of a hostile home crowd as he faces just his second career World title fight. His previous, effort, back in 2002, saw him defeated as he challenged for Sven Ottke's IBF Super Middleweight Championship.
Both men have registered 24 career wins by way of knockout, while Magee has suffered two career knockout defeats compared to Markussen's one.
The Danish fighter has boxed considerably less rounds during his career than his experienced opponent - 144 to Magee's 264 - showing he has won several of his fights during the early rounds.