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 [170.pounds]
Samir Santos Barbosa: 76 kg [167.5-pounds]
‘’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 [172.8-pounds]
Ramazi Gogichashvili: 76.4 kg [168.4-pounds]
"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
All photos (free to use but please credit Photo Wende) from today’s weigh-in are available to download here.
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.