Mads Larsen joins Sauerland Event

26.01.07 - Sauerland Event today unveiled the spectacular new signing of "Golden Boy" Mads Larsen, who has joined the Berlin-based promoters with immediate effect. A tedious lawsuit with his former promoter has kept the 33-year-old Dane (45-2, 37 KOs) out of the ring for over three years. "Im thrilled to return to action and fight for Sauerland," Larsen said after putting pen to paper in Germanys capital on Friday. "Their professional set-up will help me to get back to the top." ..

Larsen is no stranger to the German audience after dropping a close majority decision against WBA/IBF champion Sven Ottke back in September 2003. One month later, he defeated Danilo Haeussler in a fight for the European championship which spelled the last ring appearance to date. "Im relieved that everything has been sorted out," the super-middleweight star added. "I visited a few boxing stables but Sauerland impressed me the most."

Sauerland managing director Chris Meyer was more than happy for Larsen to come on board. "If a world-class fighter such as Mads decides to join us, it makes us very proud," he said. "It further adds to our excellent international reputation. Were glad to help him on his way back to the top." It was by chance that the pair met at Markus Beyers clash with Mikkel Kessler in October. "We had a coffee and soon found common ground," Meyer explained.

Larsen will be trained by German coaching legend Ulli Wegner. "Im looking forward to working with him," said the southpaw. "Hes a true professional and I can learn a lot from him." Likewise, Wegner is excited to help the Dane. "He is a top fighter and I am glad he decided to join us," said the German coach of the year. "There is still a lot of boxing left in him. The best years are still ahead of Mads."

The Golden Boy looks set to make his ring return in either March or April. "Ive been training all the time and Im in great shape. Im looking forward to doing some sparring. Lets see how long it will take me to get back in shape for a title fight."

Article posted on 26.01.2007

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