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33-year old Ole “Iron Fist” Laursen (MMA record: 5-2, 5 KOs; kickboxing record: 34-19, 10 KOs) is well on his way to become one of Asia’s finest MMA fighters. But who knew that this hard-kicking muay thai artist has boxing fused with his blood. Talking to Filipino Boxing Journal’s Kenneth Ragpala, Laursen revealed that he was boxed during his younger years and would have pursued the sport if it wasn’t for a very personal reason.

Laursen now resides in Thailand where he fights out of his own stable, Legacy Gym.

The Philippine-born Laursen, who moved to Denmark when he was 2-years old, will figure in One FC’s first MMA production, Champion vs. Champion, against Filipino wushu expert and former URCC welterweight champion Eduard Folayang on September 3rd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore. More on Laursen in the following interview.

Kenneth Ragpala: Hello Ole! How are you doing?

Ole Laursen: I am doing great. I have been busy with ONE FC and with my upcoming fight with Eduard (Folayang).

KR: You are a known Muay Thai and kickboxing practitioner. Which sport did you first train in?

Ole Laursen

OL: I started Muay Thai when I was young.

KR: Being a half-Filipino, boxing would be something you would have loved as a fighter. But I understand you grew up in Denmark. So pretty much the chance of becoming boxer was slim to none?

OL: Actually, I did amateur boxing. In fact I tried out for the Philippine national team some four to five years ago. I boxed in a few matches in front of the community.

KR: Did you make the team?

OL: To be honest, I got in. But I ended up quitting the sport though.

KR: Why?

OL: I got married to my wife who’s from Thailand. I stayed away for too long from boxing and from Manila to make anything out of my boxing career. Could have, should have, would have. Who knows where it would have taken me? But I have no regrets. I believe we are where we are today because of the choices we make along the way.

KR: But if you are given the chance to box again, would you take that chance?

OL: I am not going to change a thing. But if I were given 10 more years of youth, I would definitely box. No doubt in my mind. In fact, I believe I can still box. But if I am going to do it, I will have to sacrifice everything and be really intense in the boxing ring in my remaining years as an active fighter.

Ole Laursen (right) would have boxed for the Philippines if he had more time.

KR: Speaking of boxing, who do you follow in the sport?

OL:  I only follow Manny Pacquiao.

KR: Alright. What’s your take on his upcoming fight with Juan Manuel Marquez?

OL: Marquez is tough. Real tough. I see Pacquiao winning a decision. I hope Marquez is not seeing the fight as a payday and then retirement. I hope Marquez brings it and gives Pacquiao a really good fight.

KR: You also have an upcoming fight with Eduard Folayang. What’s your prediction?

OL: I will knock him out. I don’t mean to be cocky.

KR: Have you set your sights on anyone after your fight with Folayang?

OL: I am really itching for a fight with Shinya Aoki. If he needs someone to match up with, I will gladly step forward and offer myself.

KR: Great. Thank you for the time, Ole. I appreciate it.

OL: No problem, Kenneth. If you have any more questions, just hit me up and ask.

Photo credits: Super League

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Kenneth P. Ragpala is an award-winning sports blogger who has been covering the sport of boxing since 2008. His works have appeared in local newspapers in his home city in Cagayan de Oro and in several online publications abroad. Ragpala has written for several boxing websites, namely Fight Hype, 8 Count News, and Bleacher Report.