BRIAN Magee is living the dream as he prepares to fight Mikkel Kessler for the WBA World title in Denmark on December 8.
The 37-year old started out on his professional career way back in 1999 with a second round stoppage of Dean Ashton in Manchester.
Now the likeable Magee will head into his 42nd fight in the paid ranks with a mouth watering clash against Kessler in front of the ‘Viking Warriors’ vocal supporters.
And Magee – is looking to sink the Vikings chances – but he admits he is in dreamland as he rates Kessler as the greatest fighter he has ever fought against.
“Mikkel is the greatest fighter I have ever agreed to fight. Absolutely.
“I have fought Carl Froch, who is also way up on the list, Mikkel is the best.
“I have watched him throughout his boxing career and I am actually a big fan.
“To be fighting him and to be fighting for a world title it is a massive honour for me.
“Everyone wants to be a world champion, that includes me and that’s why I am still fighting so hard.
“The last two times I have fought in Denmark it was a fantastic experience and hopefully this will be the same.
“Mikkel has met all the major fighters and been in massive fights.
“This fight is a difficult one, but going into the ring against Kessler is the highlight of my career.
“When I finish my career I can look back and say I met one of the greatest super middleweight boxers,” he added.
But Magee - who has won 36 of his 41 contests – says he is not going to Kessler’s backyard to make up the numbers.
“Mikkel is a master of the ring, but I will take the victory home.
“Kessler has only lost two fights in his career and has competed at the highest level.
“He is a boxer who can fight and I can be aggressive. I have sparred against him, so I know what he is all about.
“I am sure we will just look at each other at first, but then we probably just let loose on each other.
“We had a press conference in Denmark this week and that has got my juices flowing. I am looking forward to this fight,” he added.