Nielsen ready to grant Markussen fight request
Patrick Nielsen (25-1, 12 KOs) defeated Ruben Eduardo Acosta (30-12-5, 10 KOs) in Copenhagen on Saturday to set-up a potential Danish mega-fight with domestic rival Rudy Markussen.
Nielsen, who took the fight on short-notice, outclassed the former world title challenger to earn an impressive points victory. After ten-rounds of action, the judges scored the fight 100-90, 99-91 and 99-1 in favour of the Albertslund-boxer.
”I was pleased with my performance tonight,” said Nielsen. ”I knew Acosta would be tough, I knew he would be in my face and I was prepared for that. I stuck to my game plan, used my jab and made it difficult for him.”
Much of Nielsen’s preparations had been dominated with talk of a super middleweight showdown with Danish rival Rudy Markussen. After beating Acosta, the 24 year-old reiterated his desire to face the 38 year-old ‘Hard Hitter’.
”I’m ready whenever he is,” declared Nielsen. ”He talks my name, says he wants to fight me and even showed up at my press conference. If he wants the fight he’s got it. It’s time to step up or shut up!”
Promoter Nisse Sauerland was pleased with what he saw from Nieslen and reveals negotiations are underway for an all-Danish duel with Markussen.
”Patrick impressed me tonight,” said Sauerland. ”He beat an experienced fighter and looked good doing it. Now, we want the Rudy fight. Talks are on going, we’ve had some positive dialogue. We still need to iron out some details but it is a fight I’m hopeful of making. The fighters want it, the fans want it, so I see no reason why we can’t come to an agreement and make it happen.”
In a co-featured main event in Copenhagen, the WBC Female World Light Welterweight Champion Erica Anabella Farias (22-1, 10 KOs) successfully defended her title against ‘The Swedish Princess’ Klara Svensson (15-1, 5 KOs). Svensson fought on bravely following a fifth-round knock down but came up short on the judge’s scorecards.