When and why you started boxing:
I’ve always been very active. I played a lot of football when I was young and also did Taekwondo for a few years. I started to box at 13. My friends and I used to play football at a youth club which also offered boxing classes. I tried it one day and fell in love with it pretty quickly.
Favourite all-time fighter:
Evander Holyfield. He always managed to come back from defeat, even at an advanced age. I also liked his style.
Best fight you’ve seen:
That’s got to be the third fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier – the Thrilla in Manila.
Personal career highlight:
Becoming the inaugural APB [AIBA Pro Boxing] super-heavyweight champion [by unanimously outpointing Mohammed Arjaoui over eight rounds in January 2015].
Mihai Nistor. I boxed him four times – I won twice and lost twice. The last fight we had was for the APB title in [September] 2015, where he beat me via stoppage [in the ninth round]. Looking back, I didn’t prepare enough for that fight and underestimated him.
Best and worst attributes as a boxer:
My main strengths are that I’m always motivated and I always put in 100 per cent effort both in training and in fights. Even on a bad day, I try to get the best results possible. My weakness is that I can be too impatient at times.
Always listen to your coach and don’t try to argue with him.
My favourite meal is spaghetti Bolognese made by my wife, Lena. My favourite restaurant is Altes Rathaus in Lohne, Germany.
Best friends in boxing:
Daniel Keim, who’s an old friend from school. When I’m with my parents in Vechta [in Germany], I train at his gym. He even built a boxing room there, exclusively for me.
Other sportsman you would like to be:
Perhaps a bodybuilder.
Last film/TV show you saw:
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. I didn’t like it as much as the previous two films.
Who would play you in a film of your life:
Jason Statham because some people say that I look like him when I have short hair.
Last time you cried:
That was a long time ago.
Worst rumour about yourself:
There has probably been a few, but I’ve never really cared what other people say about me.