Sport Round-Up: Former boxer, now a biker, charged with battery

Elsewhere, tough draw for the women at Euro 2022, another European Tour triumph for a Danish golfer, and an unfortunate end for battling Tauson

The story of former boxer Patrick Nielsen might one day be made into a film. The ending, though, depends on him.

Aged 30, it is not too late for the fighter, who once challenged for the WBA interim middleweight title in 2014, to turn his life around.

But for now, he is a member of Satudarah MC, a biker club long since banned in the country of its creation, the Netherlands, where it quickly acquired a following thanks to its criminal activities.

Likewise, Nielsen has quickly become known by the police for more than his exploits in the ring.

Nielsen denies full extent of charges
In May, he is accused of assaulting and robbing a man in a carpark in Ishøj. During the attack the man sustained fractures to his jaw – in two different places.

And in July, he is accused of assaulting a woman in a garden in Albertslund to the extent that she passed out. During the assault, he allegedly both strangled her and hit her in the face. Afterwards he allegedly sent messages to her family threatening them. 

Nielsen has admitted his participation in the incidents, but denies that he used excessive violence.

Co-founded by Dutch and Moluccan bikers, Satudarah MC welcomes members of all ethnicities. 

Eriksen’s time at Inter is over
The decision has been made: Inter midfielder Christian Eriksen will not be able to play for his club due to the cardiac arrest he suffered during Denmark’s opening game at Euro 2020. The 29-year-old has since been fitted with a heart defibrillator, and this prohibits him from playing in Serie A, the club explained. “The player’s current conditions do not meet the requirements for obtaining a sporting qualification in Italy,” it stated.

Danish women land tough Euro 2022 draw
Captain Pernille Harder will lead her teammates against Finland, Germany and Spain at Euro 2022 in England, where Denmark will attempt to go one better than their runner’s-up performance in 2017. Held a year later
due to the postponement of the men’s tournament Euro 2020, the tournament will bring together 14 of the 16 teams that contested the last tournament. So the draw was never going to be overly kind to Denmark, which found itself among the third seeds. But with Germany and Spain, it could not have been much worse, even though they did beat the former on their way to the final of Euro 2017. Ahead of the draw, Danish coach Lars Søndergaard had singled out Jorge Vilda’s Spain as the one he wanted to avoid. Nevertheless, Denmark have been scoring for fun of late, netting 28 goals in their first four games in their bid to qualify for the 2023 World Cup, which will come hot on the heels of the Euros.

Can the women go all the way to the final like in 2017? (photo: Kvindelandsholdet Facebook page)


Viktor Axelsen wins Danish Open
Viktor Axelsen beat Japan’s Kento Momota in the final of the Danish Open badminton tournament in Odense on October 25, and it’s no exaggeration to say the 27-year-old Dane was pushed to the absolute limit. A wild duel of three exhausting sets saw Axel eventually prevail 20-22, 21-18, 21-12. “Playing a final in this environment against Kento Momota is a dream come true for me,” he said after the match.

Olympics then Worlds: Madison duo on top of the world
Olympic Madison gold medallists Michael Mørkøv and Lasse Norman Hansen were once again triumphant at the track cycling world championship in Roubaix. Two months after their triumph in Tokyo, it looked like gold would elude them due to the pace of the Italian pair, but then Mørkøv took off at a blistering sprint to snatch victory. Since the Danish duo started racing together in 2013, few have been able to beat them.

Unwell Tauson fails to win her third WTA final of the year
Clara Tauson, still only 18, lost to Donna Vekic 6-7, 2-6 in the final of the Courmayeur Ladies Open on October 31 in Italy. Tauson was bidding to win her third WTA tournament of the year, but felt ill during the game, and after the first set she asked for medical assistance and had her blood pressure measured. Tauson was not at her best and made a large number of mistakes, although she did manage to come back from 2-5 down to force a tiebreak, saving three set points in the process. In the semis, Tauson showed similar verve, saving five match points on her way to beating Liudmila Samsonova in a thriller.

Dane wins Mallorca Open golf tournament
Another Danish golfer has won on the European Tour – the third of the year – but this time it isn’t one of the Højgaard twins! Jeff Winther, at the ripe old age of 33, fully five years after joining the tour, carded a score of -15 to win the Mallorca Open. His level-par final round had only one birdie, but it was enough to overhaul Sebastian Söderberg of Sweden. In total, Danish players have now won 42 European Tour events. Joachim B Hansen, meanwhile, was the second best-placed Dane back in eleventh.

Christensen finally breaks his duck for Chelsea
Andreas Christensen, a scorer for Denmark at Euro 2020 with one of the strikes of the tournament, has netted his first for Chelsea … over seven years after making his debut for the club. In the Champions League against Malmö FF, a Christensen missile opened the scoring 10 minutes after kick-off. Chelsea, who sit on top of the English Premier League, went on to win 4-0. Christensen scored five goals for Borussia Mönchengladbach during a 62-game loan spell between 2015 and 2017, but had never scored for the Blues until now. 

Jungdal the Jaguar has the whole world in his hands
Andreas Jungdal, a player tipped to eventually succeed Kasper Schmeichel as the national team goalkeeper, has extended his contract with AC Milan until 2024. After 18 months at the club, Jungdal is a regular in the first team now. Not to be left out, his compatriot Simon Kjær, 32, has also extended his contract at AC Milan until 2024. Both players are on course to claim Serie A winner medals, as AC Milan have 10 wins from their first 11 games, with only Napoli keeping pace.

Andersen: the impenetrable wall of the NHL
Carolina Hurricanes netminder Frederik Andersen made 24 saves against his former team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, on October 26. His save percentage after eight games – which have all been wins for the Hurricanes – is 94.6, which makes him the best minder in the NHL. 

Nicklas Bendtner loses appeal against confiscation of his Porsche
Retired footballer Nicklas Bendtner has appealed against a city court judgement upholding the confiscation of his Porsche. Bendtner maintains the seizure was invalid because he has a British driving licence! Apparently his lawyer advised him he could drive on Danish roads despite having a three-year driving ban in Denmark! Additionally, he was fined 40,000 kroner by the court. Meanwhile, his Taycan Turbo S model sits in an impound awaiting the result of his high court appeal.