Nielsen replaces his younger brother Micki who has been forced to withdraw from a scheduled WBC International Cruiserweight title defence with Junior Anthony Wright after contracting pneumonia.
”Obviously, it’s disappointing for Micki,” said promoter Nisse Sauerland. ”He had trained hard and was looking forward to defending his title against Wright, but his health must come first.
”However, we’re delighted that Patrick is fit and available to take his place. Now, the Danish fans can look forward to another exciting fight with Patrick testing his skills against a former world title challenger.”
Nielsen is back in action following a successful super middleweight debut in Copenhagen last month, in which the Danish star claimed the WBA International title with an eighth-round technical knockout victory over George Tahdooahnippah.
”I haven’t taken anytime out since my last fight, so I’m more than ready to go,” said Nielsen. ”I was in the gym sparring when I heard the news about Micki. I feel bad for him as I know how much he wanted this fight, but I’m happy I can take his place and keep it in the family!”
The Albertslund-boxer will face a tough test in his super middleweight return. The South American Acosta is a serious contender who has challenged for multiple titles including a WBO World title fight with former two-time world champion Robert Stieglitz.
”Acosta is an experienced opponent,” said Nielsen. ”But, I’ll be ready for whatever he has to offer. Against Tahdooahnippah, I showed a glimpse of what I can do at super middleweight, but on May 2, I’m going to show the full package.”
Team Sauerland in association with Betsafe presents the ‘Nordic Fight Night – Going For Gold’ on May 2 at the Frederiksberg-Hallerne in Copenhagen. The event will be broadcast live in Denmark on TV3/TV3+ and TV3 Sport channels. Tickets are available via billetlugen.dk. Visit betsafe.com for the latest betting odds.