Mads Larsen will continue his spectacular comeback on August 18 when he takes on Nader Hamdan in Berlin´s Max-Schmeling-Halle. It will spell the Dane´s third fight after a break of over three-and-a-half years. He last saw off former WBO middleweight champion Hector Javier Velazco. “That was a step in the right direction,” said the 34-year-old..
“I want to be the best, and that is why I have to defeat a strong opponent like Hamdan no matter what.”
Larsen (47-2, 37 KOs) put on a strong performance in his unanimous points victory over Velazco. “To fight someone of his class so early left no doubts about our goals. We are very ambitious,” the former European champion stated. He has accustomed well to life in Berlin and the hard work with German coaching legend Ulli Wegner. “He is a great coach and I enjoy working with him. Furthermore, I am a friend of German virtues,” Larsen revealed. “Discipline and timeliness are very important for an athlete’s success.”
Larsen knows that Hamdan will be a tough opponent. The Australian (40-4, 18 KOs) has won all but four of his 44 bouts. The 33-year-old was stopped by IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham in their meeting back in September 2004. “He is a true fighter and did very well against Arthur,” Wegner stated. “We will be prepared for a strong opponent. But Mads joined Sauerland to become world champion. We will help him accomplish his goal.”
Larsen comes off a busy training schedule which saw him joining Wegner´s brutal camps in Zinnowitz (Baltic Sea) and now Kienbaum. “He needs to fight strong opponents to get back to the top quickly,” Wegner added. “I think he did very well against Velazco. He jabbed well and boxed very cleverly. But he needs to keep improving to beat Hamdan.”
The main fight of the night will be King Arthur Abraham´s second mandatory title defence against Khoren Gevor.