Mads Larsen to face Nader Hamdan on Saturday


Mads Larsen to face Nader Hamdan on Saturday

Press Release: Saturday´s clash with Nader Hamdan will not only be Mads Larsen´s third fight after his comeback but also the 50th of his career. The former European super middleweight champion is looking forward to what will be "a tough Saturday night". "I have seen him on tape and he is a good, strong guy," Larsen (47-2, 37 KOs) said of his Australian opponent. "It will be a tough fight." The main event of the night will be Arthur Abraham's mandatory title defense against Khoren Gevor, and the IBF middleweight champion knows how tough a fighter Hamdan (40-4, 18 KOs) can be. It was back in September 2004 that the pair clashed in Germany, with Abraham clinching a hard-fought TKO victory (round 12). "I´ve seen the fight on tape and it will certainly help me," Larsen stated. "I know what to do and what not to do. It was good to see a fight like that. Hamdan has a big heart."

Larsen comes off an impressive points victory over Hector Javier Velazco which spelled only the second fight after a break of over three-and-a-half years. "It was good to get further ring experience. I´ve had two fights in a very short period of time so experience is what I need," said the Dane.

Coach Ulli Wegner has been happy about the preparation. "Mads is a great person and I really enjoy working with him," the coach lauded. "He came to us to become world champion and we will help him accomplish that goal. That´s why he has to get in the ring with strong people just like Velazco or Hamdan. Mads is fundamentally sound and a very clever boxer. He did well against Velazco but needs to continue his upward trend on Saturday."

Larsen admitted he has learned a lot from his new coach - except for discipline and timeliness. "I have always been on time before - my mum and dad told me so - and I´ve always taken care of my body. I like that they appreciate such things in Germany," Larsen revealed. "It is great to work with Ulli Wegner."