Interview with Kim Poulsen
If people were to have a quick glance at the antecedence of Danish boxing until Mikkel Kessler came along, then it would seem as though there was nothing of note that particularly happens and that its ambit was the European scene. Yet a closer analysis reveals that while it has never had what could be considerate a 'golden age', Denmark has had its fair share of decent fighters.
Christian Chrisensen was a European Middleweight champion in the 1960's who fought Emile Griffith. Tom Bogs was European champion as both a middleweight and light heavyweight who competed against the great Carols Monzon and even Oscar De La Hoya's first world title opponent was a Dane named Jimmi Bredhal.
However the country is now starting to produce an embroyic yet thriving fight scene that has the potential to focus acolytes of the sport onto Denmark has been a country to watch in the near future.
One of the highly touted prospects of this scene is a light named Kim Poulsen. A successful amateur, who won sixty of his seventy seven bouts as well as winning the Nordic Championships, Poulsen turned pro in 2006 and is been guided well at the beginning of his career by his management at Risum Boxing. Ranked in the top twenty in Europe, he is quickly establishing himself as a fighter to watch very carefully over the next year.
1 - First of all, any news on when your next fight will be?
I am fighting December 4 in Aalborg, Denmark, headlining a show against a tough guy from Kenya called Athanas Nzau. In was supposed to fight on the Frans Botha-undercard in Germany, but when it got postponed to October 24 it unfortunately wasnít possible for me anymore. I have boxed many times in Aalborg as an amateur, and I have good experiences from there.
2 - How did you first get involved in the sport?
I first got involved when I was 10 years old, and my older brother took me to the local gym.
3 - For those who have not seen you perform, how would you describe your style of fighting?
I am a good technician, and believe I have good ring generalship. Iím a stylist, but I can knock an opponent out too.
4 - Who would you describe as your toughest opponent as a professional so far?
Thatís probably Nugzar Margvelashvili, a Georgian guy who was 16-4 when I beat him. He wasnít my toughest opponent because he was especially good, but more because he was very awkward. And I wasnít on top of my game that night, so I made the fight harder for myself.
5 - You signed to Risum Boxing when you turned professional. Why did you decide to sign with them and how would you describe the way in which they have managed your career thus far?
I signed with Risum Boxing and Henrik Risum because Henrik is without a doubt the right guy for me. Our chemistry is fantastic, and we work so well together. Itís just CLASS!
6 - Though you are from Denmark, you have fought aboard nine times as a professional already. How would you describe the experience of competing in another country?
Obviously I like fighting in my home country, but I donít mind at all boxing abroad. Nine out of my thirteen professional fights have so far been outside Denmark, and it gives me a lot of extra experience. You learn to adjust to various factors, and get the job done with professionalism. Its not always as cosy as it is here in Denmark.
7 - As well as Mikkel Kessler, the quality of the boxers coming out of your country seems to have increased in the last few years. Is this really the case and if so, why do you think this is?
We have some very good boxers in Denmark, but I think that Kessler has helped in a big way to make people realise that a Danish boxer can be very, very good. I donít think Danish boxers are better today than 10 years ago, its probably just that perhaps people are noticing Danish boxers more after Kesslerīs breakthrough. Unfortunately, in Denmark he is more or less the only one getting noticed by the media.
8 - What is the toughest part of being a boxer?
The dedication and willpower must be there. It can be tough to stay dedicated at all times, but itís necessary.
9 - As a fan, who is your favourite fighter and what is your favourite fight?
Thatís easy: Gatti and Ward, their three fights.
10 - Where would you like your boxing career to be in the next twelve months?
Iím hoping to get a good title fight inside the next year. Iím moving up the EU rankings now, so thatís a title I would like a shot at next year maybe. But its all up to my manager and my trainer Brian Mathiasen, who is doing a great job with me. I leave these things to Henrik and Brian.