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Hoffmann’s special preparations

Photos by SES Boxing

SES heavyweight contender Timo Hoffmann had chosen to prepare for upcoming fight in the rural atmosphere near his hometown of Aschersleben. This Friday the “German Oak” will return to the ring in Aschersleben after taking a year off as he took time to enjoy his fatherhood. It will be the first time that he will fight so close to his hometown. Therefore and without a question he is able to get in shape for the fight against Harry Duiven Jr. at home at the “Eichenhof” in Bösenburg.

Bösenburg is about 30 kilometres away from Aschersleben but it seems to be located at the end of the world. A small village with just 50 residents, with no reception for mobile phones, no internet, no shops and not even a bakery or butchery. At the only small crossroad is the “Eichenhof”, that’s where Timo Hoffmann lives. Just outside his home are a big German Oak as well as a pigeon cot and a little pond.

Training by the woods and meadows: Hoffmann has set up a ring on the grass and his trainer Uwe Schuster made his way from Halle. Schuster makes comments and observes during his workout. Shortly after finishing the individual training session Jens Denner makes his way from a nearby village. Denner’s job is a butcher but he is also a close friend, hunting partner, training companion and sparring partner. Timo Hoffmann and Jens Denner share a close friendship for a long time and Denner is quite a man but with lot of respect for his friend Timo. After a few rounds of sparring, the 6′ 6 Hoffmann makes some more exercises, within these natural surroundings, by lifting one of his sheep.

After finishing his sparring Hoffmann makes his way into the barn which he has transferred into a boxing gym. He has some equipment for weight training as well as a punching bag and a field filled with sand to play games of beach soccer or beach volleyball. And, instead of iron weights he pulled some cheaps!

“I don’t need anything fancy-smancy and I don’t have to go to St. Moritz or Majorca to prepare for a fight. It was fantastic here and I had everything I need. Here I am man, here dare it to be!”, Timo Hoffmann stated. He wouldn’t even mind to give away his TV in order to be fully relaxed and focussed but he keeps the TV because of his wife.

The “Eichenhof” is the most favorite place of Timo Hoffmann. He lives there with his wife and his one year old daughter. He found the ideal training possibilities in the surroundings and he could build up on his fitness level with runs between Bösenburg and Heiligenthal which makes a total distance of 8 kilometres. So where else should the “German Oak” prepare and train then at his home on the “Eichenhof”? It was the ideal preparation for his upcoming comeback bout and against the Dutch challenger Harry Duiven Jr.

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