When and why you started boxing:
I started boxing at the age of seven. My father was always a big boxing fan. One time he took me to a boxing club in our city of Cologne and I just fell in love with the sport.
Favourite all-time fighter:
I couldn’t name just one fighter, as this sport has so many incredible athletes. But one boxer who is always in my top five is Bernard Hopkins. I loved to watch him fight.
Best fight you’ve seen:
It’d have to be the first meeting between Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz. That was an all-action fight.
Personal career highlight:
Winning my quarter-final bout at the Youth World Championships in 2010 was a great moment for me. With that win I made history because I became one of the first German athletes to qualify for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games later that year.
The toughest person that I’ve been in the ring with is George Groves. I sparred with him before his fight with Chris Eubank Jnr. He was a very hard and skilful fighter.
Best and worst attributes as a boxer:
I’d say that my willpower and work ethic are the attributes that have taken me places. My worst attribute? Maybe sometimes I can be a bit too hotheaded!
Always try to have fun, even when the sessions are difficult.
I don’t have just one favourite meal. I like food in every way. Food is life!
Best friends in boxing:
One of my best friends in the sport is Artur Mann. He’s a very special guy. I hope to see him back in the ring soon.
Other sportsperson you would like to be:
I’d like to be a heavyweight boxer. No weight-making issues – only training and eating!
Last film/TV show you saw:
The last TV series I watched was Money Heist.
Who would play you in a film of your life:
Tom Hardy could play me in an action film!
Have you ever been starstruck:
One time I met Evander Holyfield at a gym in Louisville, Kentucky. It was a surreal experience – meeting a legendary champ who fought in so many big fights, including the two famous ones against Mike Tyson. He’s a true legend of the sport. Of course, I had to get a photo with him. That was definitely my most starstruck moment!
Last time you cried:
I never cry. I only sweat out of my eyes!
Best advice received:
Take care of the people that you love.
Worst rumour about yourself:
I’ve never heard any rumours about myself.
Something not many people know about you:
Not many people know that I love to watch trash TV!