The "Little Prince" Aiming For the Big Prize
If someone was to mention the possibility of a Norwegian world champion, they would more often than not be laughed out of the room.
All this could be about to change though as 28 year old Geir Inge Jorgensen aims to take the boxing world by storm. The fighter whose trainer is the legendary Emanuel Steward, believes that the boxing world is changing and that Norway could play a major role, "Norway has never had any world champions before, I think I have what it takes to be a world champion in time," he stated.
Jorgensen has been training out in the United States for two years now at Steward's Kronk Gym and has been sparring with many different types of boxers. He believes that a new heavyweight star is needed to give the sport a boost.
"I have been in the USA with Emanuel Steward and Kronk Gym for two years now, and the American boxing needs a new heavyweight star. In the States, I have been sparring with different champions, and the difference between them and me are not too great. I have been sparring with Vivian Harris, Jermain Taylor, Juan Guzman, Kermit Cintron, Paul Malignaggi and others, it has been a good exercise," he continued.
"My training is very intense with not long to go until the fight in June. I train two times a day, physical training and technique training every morning, boxing; sparring, pads at the evening workout. I also swim 600 metres every afternoon. I'm leaving for London at the end of the month for my last preparations and sparring," he commented.
Jorgensen's record is certainly not one to be dismissed easily either, before his points loss to Danish fighter Martin Kristiansen in November last year, he recorded 23 wins from 23 fights including nine knockouts.
Jorgensen believes that Kristiansen has been his toughest opponent to date despite insisting he thought he had won the fight at the time. "The toughest opponent I have had so far must be Martin Kristiansen. I lost that fight, but everyone who saw the fight thinks I won it!" he continued
"All of the judges were Danish, although the promoter Mogens Palle promised me International judges, but unfortunately he didn't keep his promise. The newspapers in Denmark wrote the day after that the fight's result was a robbery, and I do agree!"
He aims to get back on track on June 15 when he fights Frenchman Fabrice Colombel for the WBC Mediterranean Title in Torrevieja, Spain.
Although Jorgensen knows very little of his opponent at this stage, he ensuring he does not underestimate his opponent in the slightest.
"I don't know that much about Fabrice Colombel, I do know he has experience and he is a hard hitter. I expect him to go forward and try to hit me hard. I do receive video tapes of him this week, so I can study him closely. This will be one of the toughest if not the toughest fight of my career so far," he said.
Despite this claim Jorgensen is aiming to beat Colombel, who has lost his last four fights, and then aims to make a big impression on the International stage.
"When I beat Columbel, I hope I get the chance to fight for the WBC International title, and in time maybe fight for a world title," he confidently stated.
Jorgensen is expecting a good atmosphere from the Spanish crowd, and aims to give the fans "value for money",
"I have been boxing in Spain twice before, the first time was in 2003 and recently against Miro Dicky in March this year. The audience at first seemed to be hard to please. But the last time they really liked what I showed them, so hopefully they will come back again for this fight. I aim to give them value for money," Jorgensen said.
The Kristiansund-born fighter has also revealed he would love to return to the UK to fight, in 2001 Jorgensen beat Leeroy Williamson in Cheshire's Kingsway Leisure Centre to record his fifth straight win.
"I have fought in the UK before against Leeroy Williamson, although that was a while ago now I really enjoyed it. Maybe I will fight there again someday, perhaps if someone offers me the right deal," he claimed.