Boxing - Magee targets Froch and Ward if he defeats Kessler

Northern Ireland’s Brian Magee hopes to embark on a late-career run of big super-middleweight clashes if he overcomes Mikkel Kessler in Denmark on Saturday.

The 37-year-old Magee defends the WBA title on the challenger’s home turf at the weekend with a 2-0 record against Danish boxers in their own country.

Kessler is one of the two men who have been able to defeat England’s Carl Froch, with ‘The Cobra’ stopping Magee in the 11th round in their 2006 York Hall collision.

And the Belfast boxer is hopeful that a successful retention of his belt at Herning’s Jyske Bank Boxen will lead to a rematch with Froch and perhaps even a challenge of WBA (Super) and WBC champion Andre Ward.

"A lot can happen, let's see," he told Sky Sports.

"With this division at the moment there are so many superstars in it, so many big fights, you don't have to go looking for fights.

"There are so many fights that can happen out there. It's definitely a golden era for the super-middleweight division."

On a Froch return bout, he said: "It's probably too big a fight to have in Belfast, but that would be amazing.

"I would love to fight in Belfast again."

"I've got the mentality now that I've got to do it this way, just get on with the job," he said. "This is it and this is how it is. You have to rise to the challenge you know, it motivates you.

"It's definitely worked for me so far. Fingers crossed, I have travelled to Denmark and things have gone just as good."

Magee feels the Kessler fight will be an even tougher test than his 2011 trip to Montreal to fight Lucian Bute, which ended in a 10-round stoppage defeat.

"Fighting Bute in Montreal, he's a massive star, but this is a higher level up," he said.

"It's crazy the way they follow him, they hold him in such high esteem. I knew it was going to be big, but I was shocked at how big it is now that I'm here.

"They are good fight fans, it's just a pity they are all here for their man. They are passionate, they are loud, they are hysterical actually to the other man, but it makes for a great atmosphere in the arena.