Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Markussen: I'm Sure That I Would Beat Patrick Nielsen

Rudy Markussen (38-3, 25 KOs) returns to the ring on September 12 at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn. The Danish ‘Hard Hitter’ insists he is ready to defeat Ramazi Gogichashvili (19-6-2, 9 KOs) as he looks forward to a mega-fight with domestic rival Patrick Nielsen later this year.
 
"Of course it can be hard when you have been away for so long,’’ said the former European Champion. ‘’That being said, things have gone remarkably well. I had thought it would be harder, but I have no physical problems and my conditioning is perfect.’’
 
Q: Does your form surprise you?
 
"I’ve always stayed active and continued my training, so I’ve obviously benefited from that. But I’ve also had the chance to sort out a lot of things mentally. I feel very focused for this fight, and also my next one. I have my life in control and there are no distractions. I’ve been able to concentrate 100% on my training."
 
Q: How does your form compare to what we have seen from you previously?
 
"Mentally I'm better than ever, and my boxing ability and punching power is still there. I honestly don’t feel like I’m 38 years old. I feel like I have been reborn. I'm hungry! I'm hungrier now than I have been for many years.”
 
Q: Is it possible to focus on two fights at once? You need to win in Frederikshavn to set up a massive fight with Patrick Nielsen later this year. Is this a distraction?
 
"It is a dual focus, but when I enter the ring in Frederikshavn, that will be all I’m thinking about. There is a lot of hype about the fight between me and Patrick, and it's no secret that while we’re preparing for my opponent in Frederikshavn, we’re also preparing for Patrick. We’ve been preparing for Patrick for months."
 
Q: What do you think about the fight against Patrick Nielsen? Is this a fight you can win?
 
"It's a fight I'm sure I’ll win. Technically, I'm better, and I have much more punching power. I’ve met opponents like Patrick before, who were just as cocky and provocative, so I don’t take him too seriously. I just see him as a young kid who feels threatened."
 
Q: Have you thought about your legacy? Everybody is talking about the fight against Patrick Nielsen. Is this a chance for you to re-establish yourself on the world scene?
 
‘’If I beat Patrick, the big fights will follow. I’m fully aware that the next three fights can change my whole future. I know what is at stake. I will fight with everything I have and working harder than ever to make it happen. I’ve got a golden opportunity to do something big for Danish boxing. I have everything to gain!”
 
Tickets for ‘Collision Course’ featuring Patrick Nielsen vs. Samir Santos Barbosa and Rudy Markussen vs. Ramazi Gogichashvili are on sale now and available via arenanord.dk. All the action will be shown live on Viasat channels in Denmark.
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines James Toney To Joshua: Put on Big-Boy Pants, Come Fight in U.S. News: Cornflake LaManna, Blair Cobbs, Liliana Palmera, More Hearn Thinks Parker Promoter is Bonkers After Presser on Joshua Oscar Valdez To Target Carl Frampton Showdown in 2018 Gary Russell Jr: Will Golden Boy Promotions Let Diaz Fight Me? Duva: 'Irrelevant' Stevenson Has No Interest in Fighting Kovalev Eubank Sr: I Don't See How George Groves Will Go The Distance Wanheng Menayothin Goes for 49-0 in Upcoming Defense Pedro Guevara on Shiro Loss: In Mexico I Could've Gotten Decision McCullough, McCarthy, Ward and Crocker Eager For More Nathaniel Gallimore Stays Busy With Knockout Victory Parker: I'll Make Tyson Fury Rich By Knocking Anthony Joshua Out! Agron Smakici: I Want To Fight With Alexander Dimitrenko Pacquiao Fed Up With Politics, Roach Hopes He Stops Boxing Vijender Singh Expects To Face Rocky Fielding in March Shabranskyy Prepared To Do Everything Possible To Beat Kovalev Chocolatito To Return in April or May, Possibly on Canelo-GGG II Rey Vargas Expects Fireworks With Oscar Negrete at MSG Devon Alexander: I'm Ready To Fight Anybody Out There Jermall Charlo vs. Hugo Centeno in Play For WBC Interim-Belt Team Parker Dare 'Glass Chin' Joshua To Accept 65-35 or Else Devon Alexander Out-Classes Castillo in First Fight in Two Years Gennady Golovkin is Honored By The Mayor of Mexico City Miguel Cruz Cut, Conquers David Grayton, Wins Decision Arum: Terence Crawford Will Face Horn-Corcoran Winner Next Bellew's Coach Rejects Tyson Fury For 12/17: No Way! Jerwin Ancajas Headed For Big 2018, 'SuperFly' in His Future? Dillian Whyte Erupts: Tony Bellew is a Coward, Disgusting Attitude! Parker Promoter: Joshua is A Lot of Hype, Softer Than Wilder Antoine Douglas vs. Spike O'Sullivan on Saunders-Lemieux Card Euro News: Robert Helenius Update, Soro, Madsen, Jur, More Sullivan Barrera: Valera Just Tried to Survive in Loss to Bivol Floyd Mayweather Inks Deal To Be Character in New Poker Game Errol Spence: My Goal is To Unify Welterweight Division in 2018 Groves-Eubank WBSS Semifinal Set for February 17 in Manchester Devon Alexander: My Opioid Addiction Kept Me Out of The Ring Cotto Recalls KO Win Over Ricardo Torres Put Him "On the Map" Duva: Kovalev Still Man to Beat in Light Heavyweight Division Tony Bellew Has Options in Fallout of David Haye Rematch Zolani Tete Explains Record Breaking Knockout, The Aftermath
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement