By Scoop Malinowski
Status: Top 10 heavyweight contender. Has a pro record of 31-3 with 19 KO’s.
Ht: 6-6 1/2 Wt: 243
DOB: Janury 2, 1984 In: Stockholm, Sweden
Nickname: The Nordic Nightmare.
Boxing Inspiration: My father.
Childhood Heroes: My brothers, because they helped me a lot.
Hobbies/Leisure Activities: Reading books, playing with my kids.
Favorite Movie: Into The Wild, Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas.
Last Book Read: Marilyn Manson.
Musical Tastes: Everything, Cypress Hill.
Favorite TV Show: Madventures.
First Job: Selling potatoes at a marketplace.
Current Car: Saab.
Favorite Meal: Now it´s sushi.
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Vanilla.
Pre-Fight Feeling: Confident and focused.
Pre-Fight Meal: Sushi or noodles.
Childhood Dream: To fly.
Early Boxing Memory: When I won the bronze medal at the Youth European Championship in Greece 2000.
Greatest Sports Moment (so far): To beat Lamon Brewster (2010).
Most Painful Moment of Your Career: I broke my left thumb in 2006 and could not travel to the World Championships.
Funny Boxing Memory: Every day has to be funny.
Embarrassing Boxing Memory: When I was 18 I lost by TKO against Andreas Berghall.
Favorite Fighters To Watch: Lennox Lewis.
Favorite Fights: Lewis against Tyson and Klitschko. There were a lot!
Last Vacation: I don´t remember [smiles].
Favorite Sport Outside Boxing: Ice hockey.
Which Fight Did You Feel At Your Very Best/Your Finest Performance: Against Brewster in January, 2010 (won by TKO 8).
Toughest Opponent: Gbenga Oloukun. Because I broke my right hand in the fourth round of the fight and had, of course, to go on.
People Qualities Most Admired: To have the right discipline in this hard business and sport.