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Larsen cruises past Hamdan

larsen19.08.07 - Mads Larsen continued his successful comeback on Saturday night when he outclassed Nader Hamdan in Berlin. In only his third fight since October 2003, the former European super-middleweight champion floored his opponent with a strong left hand in the third round before cruising to an uncontested 80-73, 80-72, 80-71 victory.

He almost stopped Hamdan in the eighth when he connected with a few strong lefts but the Australian survived until the bell. "This was one of the best days since my comeback," Larsen said afterwards. "I am pleased with my performance but I still have to get better. I am at about 50 percent of what I can do. I need to keep improving - I am never satisfied."

Larsen made good use of his strong right jab while his mobility and trademark cleverness helped him to stay out of danger. He also did well to find range with his powerful left. "There are still a lot of things to improve but it is hard to put in words. Small things like the feet and the arms. Iīm taking baby steps but I am very happy with the progress. The support in Germany has been great." Larsen chalked up the 48th victory in his 50th fight along with 37 KOs.

The popular Dane, who is already a fan favourite in Germany, will now travel back to his family to get a well-deserved rest. Just like coach Ulli Wegner, manager Wilfried Sauerland was pleased with Larsenīs showing. "This was a very good performance tonight," he stated. "I think he is improving with every bout. After two more fights he will be ready to fight for the European title." The ultimate goal will then be a world title fight as well as a meeting with countryman Mikkel Kessler. "He is on a very good path", Sauerland added.

Article posted on 19.08.2007



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