Brian Magee to fight Costa Rican for WBA interim belt

Brian Magee
Brian Magee lost to Lucian Bute in Montreal in March

Northern Ireland's Brian Magee is to fight for the WBA World Interim Super-middleweight title.

The Belfast man will take on Jaime Barboza, 33, who will have home advantage in San Jose, Costa Rica.

The fight on Saturday, 30 July will be Magee's first since losing to IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute in Montreal in March.

The 35-year-old was stopped in the 10th round of the contest for what was his fourth defeat in a 39-bout pro career.

Barboza has won 17 fights and suffered four defeats in his 21-bout professional career.

The Costa Rican has mainly fought at light-middleweight and stopped Mexican Ulises Duarte in two rounds in his last bout in late March.

Prior to that, he was stopped in eight rounds by another Mexican Jose Pinzon last October.

Earlier last year, Barboza had stopped Pinzon in seven rounds in Mexico.

However, Barboza has not fought outside Central America or Mexico and Magee clearly fancies his chances of taking the interim belt, even the Costa Rican will have home advantage.

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