Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen
Rising Danish prospect Patrick Nielsen earned his eighth knockout in 14 victories last night, April 21, in front of 2,758 of his own fans at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn as he stopped brash Argentinean fighter Gaston Alejandro Vega in what was an emotional bout for the home boxer due to the antics Gaston engaged in. Nielsen spoke of his relief in making Vega pay for sporting an Argentina soccer jersey with “The Nielsen Slayer” printed on the back.
“I am thrilled to be the WBA Intercontinental champion,” said Nielsen (14-0-0, 8ko) following his tenth round knockout win. “This is a big win for me. It was a tough fight. I was provoked badly by Vega and his ‘slayer’ shirt so I wanted to make him pay. I am glad I knocked him out in the end.”
Vega, who was game throughout, believes he was never out of the fight and lamented over the loss: “It was all or nothing for me in the end, I knew it would go one way or the other in the tenth round, I am very, very disappointed that I lost. It was a hard fight.”
Promoter Nisse Sauerland added: “Congratulations to Patrick for a spirited and courageous performance. It was an exciting fight, Vega gave it his all but Patrick’s superior skills and superior power succeeded in the end. This was an important victory for him. He will now enter the WBA rankings and continue his climb to the top. It was a great night of boxing in Frederikshavn with a fantastic atmosphere.”