Patrick Nielsen (13-0, 7 KOs) plans to take another giant stride towards a world title fight when he faces Argentinian Gaston Vega (17-4, 6 KOs) at the Nordic Fight Night in Frederikshavn. A victory on April 21 would make Nielsen the WBA Intercontinental Middleweight Champion at the age of just 21. He could follow the path of former IBF Middleweight World Champion and Team Sauerland stablemate Arthur Abraham, who was 24 when he won the same belt Nielsen is chasing next week.
“This is a big fight for me,” Nielsen said. “I am excited to fight for such a huge title. Abraham´s career really took off after winning that belt, so it would be great if I could do the same. I am ready to give Vega a beating!”
Back in September 2004, Abraham made his name known in the boxing world when he knocked out Nader Hamdan to become WBA Intercontinental Middleweight Champion. He moved on to win the World Title the next year and dominated his weight class for years.
“We take a high risk by letting Patrick fight for the Intercontinental Title at such an early
age,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “But we believe in him. We think he is ready for the big stage. This is the ultimate test, the ultimate stepping stone. A victory over Vega will pave the way to the top.”
Together with his coach Karsten Rower, Nielsen has been training in Berlin. “Things are going very well,” he said. “I have a lot of energy. I really want that title and I will get it!”
Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night at Arena Nord are available at www.arenanord.dk .