FROM WHEELCHAIR TO BOXING RING: MEET FREDERIK HEDE JENSEN
Press Release: Frederik Hede Jensen will realize his childhood dream when he makes his professional debut on March 18th at the Ceres Arena in Aarhus, Denmark. The 20 year-old had an amateur career which saw him win numerous Danish and Nordic titles and compete at both world and European championships. But before competing as an amateur, the Danish fighter had to overcome a childhood illness, which saw him spend most of his formative years in a wheelchair. Jensen has recently signed a promotional contract with Team Sauerland, and will meet Tibor Nadori (9-7-1, 4 KOs) in his first paid contest on the undercard of Dennis Ceylanís European featherweight title clash with Isaac Lowe next weekend.
"I was diagnosed with Legg-Calve-Perthes when I was four years old," explains Jensen. "It caused the my thigh bones to crumble so that they did not fit into my hip socket and I was forced to sit in a wheelchair.
"I could not run or play with my friends, and I cannot count the number of times I cried myself to sleep because of the pain in my legs, and the pain I felt on the inside. When I was declared healthy at nine years old, it was the happiest day of my life!
"Now, I want to be a positive role model to other people in similar situations. I want to show children and young people that even if you have been sick and the doctors have ruled you out, that you can come back and overcome something that no one thought was possible.
"My illness has given me very positive outlook. It has also given me an extreme will and determination, which I take into the ring. When I was younger, I often met boxers who were technically better than me, but I could beat them with my will and physique. I also believe that my pain threshold is much higher than that of many others due to my illness."
Jensen says he is now ready to make his mark on the professional game, starting with a four-round featherweight contest against Nadori on March 18th.
"When you go from an amateur to a pro, there is a learning curve. Iíve got to get use to slowing things down and using the smaller gloves," he says. "But Iím ready and really looking forward to it. I will do everything possible to deliver an exciting game and get my first win as a professional."
Dennis Ceylanís European featherweight title fight with Isaac Lowe tops an action-packed show in Aarhus, which also features a European title challenge for rising super bantamweight star Dina Thorslund versus Gabriella Mezei.
Tickets for the Nordic Fight Night on March 18 at the Ceres Arena in Aarhus are available online via www.billetlugen.dk or by calling 70 263 267.
All the action will be shown live on Viaplay Fighting across Scandinavia. For more information, please visit www.viaplay.dk/fighting