Boxing: Magee stops Dane to claim Euro crown
FORMER Irish Olympian Brian Magee claimed one of the biggest belts of his career -- and a cool €155,000 purse -- after dropping and stopping Dane Mads Larsen in a battle of the southpaws to land the vacant European super-middleweight title in Aarhus, Denmark on Saturday night.
The Lisburn fighter, a quarter finalist at the 1996 Olympic Games, floored Larsen once in the fifth and twice in the sixth before the fight was stopped by referee Erkki Meronen after the Dane visited the canvas again 15 seconds into the seventh.
The three ringside judges had the Irishman 58-53, 58-53, 59-52 ahead when the fight was stopped.
Magee, a former Holy Trinity club-man, had to relinquish his British title last year because of injury.
Meanwhile, the Irish squad for the AIBA World Youth Championships edged a step closer toward completion following Saturday's finals of the IABA Open Youth Competition at the National Stadium in Dublin.
World junior champion Joe Ward staked his claim for a place on the Irish team with a convincing win at the National Stadium at the South Circular Road venue.
Ward, from the Moatne club in Westmeath, stopped Dublin middleweight Dan O'Brien in the second round of one of 10 finals.