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In a way, I think that it is a bit corny, that one must have such an ugly name.
the 19-year-old Oliver Meng boxer Friday 18. January on the IBF's junior WORLD cup title on home soil in Nykøbing F. Hallen, and here he can be Denmark's youngest world champion in boxing ever.
For the comparison won Mikkel Kessler first, a WORLD cup match as the 25-year-old. But then, what should we call him this new star? Mikkel Kessler was the both the ’Hitman’ and ’The Viking Warrior’, and other boxers like Mike Tyson and Brian Nielsen was the ’Iron’ and ’Super’.
– I think because of it, when I see the other, but I have not found anything yet. In the beginning they wrote ’Gulddreng’, but it is not international, and in Denmark, people believe so just, that I go and sing, so I got it stopped.
– So it was ’teen’, but then people think that I am such a, that comes with pimples all over it, and how it should not be, laughs Oliver Meng, en Ekstra Bladet visiting him at home in Nykøbing Falster.
In the past 12 weeks, he has run three training sessions a day, besides working as bilklargører, and so it's good to have your backing in place. Four months ago he moved away from home parents in Gedser and together with girlfriend Charlotte in Nykøbing Falster.
Oliver Meng and her boyfriend Charlotte in the apartment in Nykøbing Falster. Photo: Per Rasmussen.
Meng with girlfriend Charlotte. Photo: Per Rasmussen
– It works super-well. Charlotte has a grip on the food and the clothes and all. Workout, work, sleep and eat, the only thing I'm doing.
the Weight is placed centrally in the living room, so the boxer is never going to weigh too much, but it is now not a problem. Even though the boyfriend just got the hunting license and have the freezer filled with meat, then living Oliver healthy and are not fed with red steaks, but chicken, vegetables, humus and couscous, as Charlotte adds, as the boxer can't remember the name of the last part of the modern food.
the Night before the big fight, Oliver Meng spend alone at the hotel nearby. That is not a sex-ban, but it is more, that there must be full concentration on the competition, when his own fight is hovedkampen.
– this is The first time I'm at the top of the poster, and it is mega-cool, that I get the chance to write me into the story, says Meng. Although he talks not about ’if’ he wins, but ’when’ he wins.
– It is not something I think up to the fight, but after the fight it will probably be great that I become the youngest world champion, who has been in Denmark, or perhaps in Europe.
Also the site of the fight has significance. It is the first time since Jørgen ’Old’ Hansen met Tom Book in 1971, that is professional boxing in Nykøbing Falster.
Had it been in Copenhagen, so had it not been so huge for me. There are many who support me, down here, and it's awesome. It is very small, but this fight has changed something, and I just go for a walk up through the town, so I hear ’hello Oliver’ from people I don't know, and which will have pictures. So it's fun to try to be a little bit known.