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By Teddy Stenmark: Former European heavyweight champion, Anders Eklund was featured in a 45 minute long TV-program / interview on Swedish Cable Sports channel Viasat Sport recently.

The towering Swede who once was knocked out by Frank Bruno and Tim Witherspoon seemed to be enjoying life outside of boxing nowadays, dedicating his spare time to playing the guitar and singing bluegrass.
He was a trainer ( for kids and beginners) for a while but has now dropped that commitment since a couple of years, and is now focusing more on his music interest. Also on that show alongside Eklund was 10-time Swedish national champion (now an appreciated Sports Caster) 1996 Olympian, Roger Pettersson. The pair shared anecdotes from their long careers and cleared up a few things that had been misunderstood in the press over the years. Eklund who for a long time was bullied in the Swedish media by reporters claimed that it never really bothered him but it all had a bitter tone to it when he said it. Sports journalists (in the evening press) of the eighties covering the likes of Eklund were arrogant and extremely poor in knowledge about the sport, and had a tendency to behave really bad for some reason and unfortunately Anders fell victim for it.
German based (Berlin) Danish super middleweight, Mads Larsen, 50-2-(37) has a spot (an eight rounder) on the Nikolai Valuev-Evander Holyfield card in Zurich, Switzerland on the 20th of December. He is tentatively booked to face 31 year old Italian Roberto Cocco, A decorated former kickboxer with a modest boxing record of 9 wins and two defeats. I have seen him on a few videos and must admit he is quite useful, Could provide Mads Larsen with some problems. Joining Larsen from the “Scandinavian family” is Norwegian female welterweight, Cecilia Braekhus.
Word in Swedish newspapers is that former WBU lightweight champion, George Scott will be part of the Swedish version of Dancing with the stars. Something his colleague, Paolo Roberto tried a few years ago, and if I remember correctly, Floyd Mayweather & Laila Ali did in the US a while back. It’s obviously something that goes hand in hand, dancing and boxing, although all boxers aren’t as equipped in that area, as perhaps Scott and Roberto.
Swedish promoters Jan Eliasson (Labbås Promotions) and Anders Holmberg (Pugnus) are both gearing up for 2009 loosely planning their activity. While Anders is looking into a possible card in Malmö Redhawk’s (Swedish Ice hockey team) fairly new built arena in Malmö for early spring, Eliasson has already booked an event in Tidaholm on the 30th of May.
Swedish Olympian, Naim Terbunja has decided to stay amateur until the London Games in 2012. A recent article in Swedish press states that the Swedish national team fighter is headed for the US (New York) and a lengthy training stay over there (four months). He will be training at a gym in Long Island which he visited briefly back in 2004. Terbunja has intentions to enter the Golden Gloves tournament while he is there.

Travelling journeyman heavyweight, Norwegian based Russian, Daniel Peret picked up a well needed (it doesn’t happen too often) victory in St Petersburg, Russia in late November (27th) when he stopped countryman, Andrey Kokoulin in the fifth of a scheduled six rounder. Peret who I think is a good, underrated boxer with loads of natural talent and ability seems to look at his career with not as serious eyes as he really should, he takes a fight here and a fight there, doesn’t really care if he wins or loses, as long as he feels he does a good enough job. He is the “Peter Buckley” of the heavyweights, but not with as many fights of course. I like to see his fights, enjoy them every time but can’t help thinking he could do better.
Norwegian featherweight, Andreas Evensen can look forward to an eight round bout on the undercard of the Wladimir Klitschko- Hasim Rahman card in Mannheim, Germany on the 13th of December.
December 8, 2008

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