Q & A With Mads Larsen

02.05.07 - Former European super-middleweight champion Mads Larsen (45-2, 37 KOs) will return to the ring for the first time in over three-and-a-half years on May 8 when he takes on Russiaīs Vasily Andriyanov in Spain., Sauerland Eventīs German internet portal, has caught up with the 34-year-old Dane who is thrilled to be back in action..

Q: Mads, itīs been a while since youīve last fought. Are you starting to get a little nervous?

ML: A little? I am really nervous but I guess thatīs quite normal after such a long break. I hope it doesnīt get worse in the next days, though.

Q: When did you start your preparation for this fight? Is everything going according to plan?

ML: Iīve stayed in shape. The special training for a fight in May started back in February. All in all everything went very well. Due to the hard training I was very tired last week but itīs getting better now.

Q: For the first time in your career youīve been working with your new coach Ulli Wegner. Whatīs different?

ML: This has certainly been a whole new experience for me. Of course training has been different. And some other things have changed compared to my time in Denmark, too. The environment in Berlin was new - unlike in Denmark, I did not know my new colleagues. I have found new friends. And I had to get used to the German language. But at the end of the day boxing is boxing - thatīs what it is all about.

Q: How about your German language skills?

ML: Iīve learned bits and pieces. At the moment itīs easier to understand German than actually speak it. I still forget a few words every now and then but generally Iīm fine.

Q: Where do you live? Do youīve got an apartment in Berlin?

ML: Yes, I found a very nice apartment in Berlin. But my girlfriend and my son still reside in Denmark.

Q: One of your biggest triumphs was the victory over European champion Danilo Haeussler back in October 2003. What about your shape these days?

ML: It is my aim to be even better than I was before. I would not be working so hard if I didnīt believe this was possible for me. But you have to wait and see whether I can carry over the training shape into the ring. However, I do believe that I will be a better fighter than I was before.

Q: What do you know about your opponent Vasily Andriyanov (7-12, 1 KO)?

ML: I donīt know too much about him. I havenīt seen him on tape yet. He has 19 bouts under his belt and has fought strong opponents. Heīs never been stopped yet.

Article posted on 02.05.2007

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