Luan Krasniqi

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Luan Krasniqi
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Nickname(s)Lion (Luan in Albanian)
Weight(s) Heavyweight
Height1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Reach193 cm (76 in)
NationalityGerman
Born (1971-05-10) 10 May 1971 (age 50)
Junik, Kosovo [b]
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights35
Wins30
Wins by KO14
Losses4
Draws1

Luan Krasniqi (born 10 May 1971) is an Albanian-German actor [1] and retired [2] professional boxer. He held the European heavyweight title and also challenged for the WBO world heavyweight title.

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Background

Krasniqi is the youngest of eight children to Kosovar Albanian parents. He has often said that he had a happy and active childhood, growing up in Junik, a small town in the District of Deçan, where in 1987 he finished his primary and secondary school, before his family moved to Rottweil in Germany. Krasniqi stated "my childhood was good, but when I learned that we would be rejoining my father who had moved to Rottweil in 1970 I was overjoyed. I had dreamt about a move to the city and now it was coming true!".

Krasniqi graduated in Germany his A-Level and an education as a wholesaler.

Amateur

Krasniqi started boxing at the age of 16. [3] His boxing-career began at the local BSV Rottweil, where he met Theo Kerekesch, a boxing trainer of high regard.

Spotting talent and kinship within each other, hard work developed Krasniqi into a solid, well schooled, heavyweight. Once Krasniqi had been granted German citizenship, he entered the Multi-Nations Tournament in Liverpool, England and won the gold medal. He consolidated the success with a gold medal later that year at the German Championships, Berlin.

Krasniqi stormed the 1995 World Amateur Boxing Championships, by taking the silver medal beating Sinan Samil Sam and Wladimir Klitschko losing only to the one of the best amateur boxers of all times, the Cuban great Félix Savón. Krasniqi ended the year on a roll, taking the Heavyweight Gold in the International Chemie Cup Tournament, Halle.

1996 he added the European Championships with a win over Christophe Mendy.

1996 Summer Olympics

At the Olympic Games in Atlanta he beat future amateur and professional champion Ruslan Chagaev and reached a semi-final bout with Félix Savón. The semi-final bout against Félix Savón was short-lived. During the bout, Krasniqi was cut under the eye. The cut would be examined by the ringside doctor & result in a medical stoppage. [4] This left him unable to fight for an Olympic Gold Medal.

Krasniqi returned to Germany with the Bronze medal, Germany's first heavyweight medal since 1976. "I felt that I could have beaten him. He had out-pointed me the previous year but I had grown stronger and developed further since then. I am sure that the fight would have been close but I think that this time, I would have celebrated." However, Krasniqi had many memories to savour from Atlanta - one of which was a meeting with his idol, Muhammad Ali. "Muhammad Ali was and still is an idol. Nobody can ever achieve what he achieved. Such a thing is a once in a lifetime phenomenon."

"To shine so long and so brightly, to define eras in history with the sheer force of his ability and personality and to be so well remembered is unique. Meeting him was an honour I shall never forget." Krasniqi took his first steps to his own fame as he decided to become famous and to get in at Panix Promotions, where Lennox Lewis has his contract.

1996 Olympic Results Boxed as a Heavyweight (– 91 kg)

Professional career

Krasniqi won his first fight (with Harry Senior. In order to improve his training he was invited to train with Lennox Lewis in Big Bear Lake, where he was in preparation for the fight against Andrzej Gołota. Luan showed that he could resist the pressure of sparring with Lewis. Since then, he has been to Big Bear Lake three times.

During Lewis' training for the fights against Shannon Briggs, Željko Mavrović and Evander Holyfield he was one of his sparring partners. Luan overcame with success the first hurdles of his career as a "newcomer" in professional boxing. He boxed extremely successfully for Panix Promotion 15 times and in 2000 after Lennox Lewis had terminated his contract, Luan decided to look for a new alternative. In February and April 2000 he built his connections with Universum Box-Promotion and fought a number of matches for them. In January 2001 he signed a three years long contract with Universum Box-Promotion.

The highlight of his career was the fight against Rene Monse, when he became European Champion. He was the first German European Champion after 29 years.

First loss

A half year later Krasniqi lost his belt in a fight against Przemysław Saleta. The man from Rottweil was prepared for eight rounds. But after an injury of Vitali Klitschko, his fight was pushed to the main event. Mainly due to this lack of preparation, although leading by points, Krasniqi apparently feared a loss and elected to quit.

After this defeat Krasniqi struggled to get back to the top of the European rankings. Finally on 14 February 2004 he won against the "Bull from Bosphorus" Sinan Samil Sam and became European Champion once again.

Later career

2005 brought Krasniqi to the top of the heavyweight competition after he knocked out highly regarded Lance Whitaker and became a mandatory challenger for the WBO crown. He lost against Lamon Brewster. Brewster managed to efficiently attack Krasniqi's body. This resulted in Krasniqi fatiguing in the latter rounds and finally being forced into a punch-exchange and getting knocked down in round 9.

It was a disappointing loss to a lot of German and Albanian fans, since the resurrection of a new German heavyweight champion was highly anticipated to occur on Max Schmeling's 100th birthday.

Luan's next fight took place on 29 April 2006 in Stuttgart, Germany where he won against David Bostice.

Luan Krasniqi was scheduled to fight against Top 10 contender, Tony Thompson, in September 2006, but no contract was made. Krasniqi has stated that the money offered by his promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl was insufficient.

On 17 March 2007, Krasniqi fought Brian Minto for the title of WBO Intercontinental Champion. Despite having a height disadvantage of 4 inches (10 cm), Minto was able to hold his own against Krasniqi. However, in the 12th round Krasniqi was able to knock Minto down and win the match. It was later stated that it was Krasniqi's tactic to tire his adversary. This won Luan Krasniqi the title of Intercontinental Champion and has given him the possibility of a fight against Shannon Briggs.

Kransiqi lost to Tony Thompson, putting a serious dent in his hopes at a future title shot. On 11 November 2008, he lost by a third-round knockout to unbeaten Alexander Dimitrenko.

Personal life

He is currently an actor. [5] Prior to his boxing success, Krasniqi worked in wholesale and foreign trade. [6] Luan Krasniqi's two boxing idols are Muhammad Ali and Lennox Lewis.

Accomplishments

German Heavyweight Champion 2001-2002 EBU Heavyweight Champion 2002, 2004–2005 WBO Intercontinental Champion 2007.

Professional boxing record

30 Wins (14 knockouts, 16 decisions), 4 Losses (4 knockouts, 0 decisions), 1 Draw [7]
ResultRecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
Loss30-4-1 Flag of Ukraine.svg Alexander Dimitrenko KO315/11/2008 Flag of Germany.svg Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Title. Krasniqi was knocked out at 2:54 of the third round.
Loss30-3-1 Flag of the United States.svg Tony "The Tiger" Thompson TKO514/07/2007 Flag of Germany.svg Altona, Hamburg, Germany WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Title

World Heavyweight Title Eliminator. Referee stopped the bout at 2:39 of the fifth round.

Win30-2-1 Flag of the United States.svg Brian "The Beast" Minto UD1217/03/2007 Flag of Germany.svg Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Title. 115-112, 116-111, 116-111.
Win29-2-1 Flag of the United States.svg David "The Boss" Bostice UD1029/04/2006 Flag of Germany.svg Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany 99-91, 99-92, 99-93.
Loss28-2-1 Flag of the United States.svg "Relentless" Lamon Brewster TKO928/09/2005 Flag of Germany.svg Altona, Hamburg, Germany WBO World Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:48 of the ninth round.
Win28-1-1 Flag of the United States.svg Lance "Mount" Whitaker KO628/05/2005 Flag of Germany.svg Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany WBO World Heavyweight Title Eliminator. Whitaker knocked out at 2:06 of the sixth round.
Draw27-1-1 Flag of Germany.svg Timo "Deutsche Eiche" Hoffmann PTS1204/12/2004 Flag of Germany.svg Neukoeln, Berlin, Germany EBU Heavyweight Title. 114-114, 114-114, 113-115.
Win27-1 Flag of Germany.svg Rene Monse TKO731/07/2004 Flag of Germany.svg Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany EBU Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:01 of the seventh round when Monse's corner threw in the towel.
Win26-1 Flag of Turkey.svg Sinan Samil "The Bosporous Bull" Sam UD1214/02/2004 Flag of Germany.svg Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany EBU Heavyweight Title. 115-113, 116-113, 114-114.
Win25-1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Julius Francis UD818/10/2003 Flag of Germany.svg Altona, Hamburg, Germany
Win24-1 Flag of the United States.svg Doug LiggionUD830/08/2003 Flag of Germany.svg Munich, Bayern, Germany
Win23-1 Flag of Poland.svg Przemysław Saleta TKO126/04/2003 Flag of Germany.svg Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany Referee stopped the bout at 2:53 of the first round after Saleta was knocked down thrice.
Win22-1 Flag of the United States.svg Sedreck "Big Buck" FieldsUD808/02/2003 Flag of Germany.svg Neukoeln, Berlin, Germany 80-72, 80-74, 79-75.
Win21-1 Flag of the United States.svg Thomas WilliamsKO123/11/2002 Flag of Germany.svg Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Loss20-1 Flag of Poland.svg Przemysław Saleta TKO920/07/2002 Flag of Germany.svg Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany EBU Heavyweight Title. Krasniqi did not leave his corner for the ninth round.
Win20-0 Flag of Germany.svg Rene Monse MD1205/01/2002 Flag of Germany.svg Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany EBU Heavyweight Title. 115-112, 115-113, 114-114.
Win19-0 Flag of Ukraine.svg Yuriy YelistratovTKO329/09/2001 Flag of Germany.svg Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
Win18-0 Flag of Germany.svg Rene HanlTKO221/07/2001 Flag of Germany.svg Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Germany BDB Heavyweight Title.
Win17-0 Flag of the United States.svg Paul PhillipsKO107/04/2001 Flag of Germany.svg Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
Win16-0 Flag of the United States.svg Cleveland WoodsKO324/02/2001 Flag of Germany.svg Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany
Win15-0 Flag of the United States.svg Rodney McSwainTKO427/05/2000 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Southwark, London, United Kingdom
Win14-0 Flag of France.svg Antoine PalatisPTS601/04/2000 Flag of Germany.svg Neukoeln, Berlin, Germany
Win13-0 Flag of the United States.svg Everett MartinPTS819/02/2000 Flag of Germany.svg Neukoeln, Berlin, Germany
Win12-0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Michael MurrayPTS818/12/1999 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Southwark, London, United Kingdom
Win11-0 Flag of Russia.svg Alexey OsokinTKO316/10/1999 Ulster Banner.svg Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Win10-0 Flag of Austria.svg Biko Botowamungu DQ521/08/1999 Flag of Germany.svg Dresden, Sachsen, Germany
Win9-0 Flag of Slovakia.svg Ladislav HusarikPTS627/03/1999 Flag of Germany.svg Dresden, Sachsen, Germany
Win8-0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Shane WoollasTKO326/09/1998 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg York, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Win7-0 Flag of France.svg Abdelrani BerbachiPTS602/05/1998 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win6-0 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Spas SpasovPTS628/03/1998 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Win5-0 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Stefan Trendafilov TKO114/02/1998 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Southwark, London, United Kingdom
Win4-0 Flag of France.svg Phillipe HouyvetTKO416/12/1997 Flag of France.svg Nord, France
Win3-0 Flag of the United States.svg Lewan LivingstoneUD402/11/1997 Flag of Germany.svg Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Win2-0 Flag of the United States.svg Kevin HudsonTKO4 04/10/1997 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:37 of the fourth round.
Win1-0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Harry SeniorPTS402/09/1997 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Southwark, London, United Kingdom

Television viewership

Germany

DateFightViewership (avg.)NetworkSource
26 April 2003
Luan Krasniqi vs. Przemyslaw Saleta
3,390,000
ZDF [8]
14 February 2004
Luan Krasniqi vs. Sinan Samil Sam
4,330,000
ZDF [9]
4 December 2004
Luan Krasniqi vs. Timo Hoffmann
5,180,000
ZDF [10]
28 May 2005
Luan Krasniqi vs. Lance Whitaker
3,540,000
ZDF [11]
28 September 2005
Lamon Brewster vs. Luan Krasniqi
7,620,000
ZDF [12]
29 April 2006
Luan Krasniqi vs. David Bostice
6,200,000
ZDF [13]
17 March 2007
Luan Krasniqi vs. Brian Minto
6,390,000
ZDF [14]
7 July 2007
Luan Krasniqi vs. Tony Thompson
4,640,000
ZDF
15 November 2008
Luan Krasniqi vs. Alexander Dimitrenko
4,770,000
ZDF [15]
Total viewership46,080,000

Notes

a.   ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia . The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008. Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory . The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement . Kosovo is currently recognized as an independent state by 96 out of the 193 United Nations member states . In total, 113 UN member states are said to have recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 15 later withdrew their recognition.

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