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New hips but Dane plans to box on



A Danish boxer hopes to fight on despite facing major surgery to replace both hips.

Brian Nielsen, a 47-year-old heavyweight, said in Copenhagen this week: "I am well aware that I'm a very old man and it will soon be over and out but I'd like one or two more fights.”

"But it's not just me who decides. The family will also have something to say. I haven't discussed it with the doctors, it's not necessary," he told Denmark's TV2 ahead of surgery scheduled for Wednesday.

Nielsen's last fight was when he lost to former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield in Copenhagen in May 2011.

The Dane, who boasts a professional record of 64 wins in 67 fights, said he would know soon after his operation whether a comeback would be possible.

"If I'm not back on my feet after a month, it's over. But that's not how it'll be; I'll be up again after a week," Nielsen said.



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