Blackledge upsets the Danes and the odds by stopping Larsen
Lancashire's unbeaten 21 year-old Luke Blackledge
was a surprise, late substitute comeback opponent for Denmark's ageing 'Golden Boy' Mads Larsen
in Herning tonight.
Fortunately, nobody gave young Luke the script and he halted Larsen in the fourth round.
Larsen, 39, a former world title challenger at super-middleweight, was having his first fight in 18 months after being stopped in the seventh round of a match for the vacant European title against Ulsterman Brian Magee.
The heavily-tattooed Dane (pictured at the weigh in with Blackledge
), stepping up to light-heavyweight, must have expected to get back on track against a relative novice but Blackledge travelled to spoil the party and did so, stopping the home favourite after 1:20 of the fourth session.
At the time of the stoppage, Blackledge was behind on all three cards. A Danish source observed that, 'Blackledge was very dirty and it must have mentally challenged Larsen...(Blackledge) knocked Larsen down but it looked like Larsen looked for an excuse to quit."
The youngster improves to 10-0 whilst Larsen, now 51-4, probably needs to think carefully about his future in the sport.