It was Patrick Nielsen who came out on top in his domestic mega-fight with Rudy Markussen last night at the Brondby Hallen in Copenhagen. The Albertslund-boxer scored a third-round technical knockout victory over the former European Champion and World title challenger.
The atmosphere was electric as both fighters made their way to ring. The sold out crowd, which was divided between Nielsen and Markussen supporters, reached fever pitch when the opening bell rang and the bitter rivals began to exchange.
The first two rounds were fought at a frantic pace. Markussen was aggressive, throwing big hooks and haymakers, but it was Nielsen who enjoyed the most success, repeatedly finding the target with a straight left behind his southpaw jab.
Markussen was down in the second, but the referee ruled it a push. In the third round, Nielsen began to assert his dominance and Markussen looked in trouble. With 1 minute and 24 seconds gone, Nielsen floored Markussen and the ‘Hard Hitter’ was unable to find his feet as the referee counted him out.
‘’I knew I had to be clever and avoid Rudy’s power shots in the early rounds. I stuck to the game plan and felt I was always in control of the fight. I’m very happy with my performance. It was a great win for me,’’ said Nielsen.
Promoter Nisse Sauerland was pleased with what he saw from the 24 year-old fighter and says he will aim to deliver Nielsen a World title fight in 2016.
‘’Patrick impressed me tonight. He fought a great fight and was the deserved winner,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’The sky is the limit with Patrick. He is still young and has loads of potential. We believe he is World beater and we want to deliver him a World title shot next year.’’