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Boxringverleih by Wittmann-Boxing
As is the case with any organization, effective and professional team-work behind the scenes is necessary to make the World Boxing Federation (WBF) run as smoothly as possible. Thankfully, the WBF has been able to attract a line-up of very astute boxing personalities to make sure of this.
Most people will agree that boxing should mainly be about the boxers. They deserve the spotlight and the accolades more than anyone, but it is still a fact that the sport needs qualified and capable people working behind the scenes to make things happen.
In the WBF People feature-series, we try to shed some light on the men and women who makes the World Boxing Federation what it is. Germany Representative and Anti-Doping Coordinator Christian Roesen gets our attention this time.
Born in February of 1980, in Glandorf near Osnabrück, Germany, Christian Roesen now lives in Sassenberg with his wife Lucille and daughters Jealisa (2) and Elly (9). A Sales Director in an engineering company, boxing has been a part of his entire life, more or less.
“My Father, Heinz Werner Roesen, was a very good amateur boxer, and he brought me to the gym when I was six years old”, explains Christian. He was, and is, kind of my teacher and idol, and he is the reson I started boxing, and still today I am trying to fill his very large shoes.“
“I had quite a lot of amateur fights, especially while I was serving in the German air-force and boxed in military tournaments. I liked being a boxer, but I preferred getting a good education so my boxing career didn’t last very long.”
With a big urge to stand on his own two feet, Roesen left his parents house when he was seventeen to study economics and mathematics in Bielefeld. After leaving university he held jobs as an insurance broker and financial analyst before taking on his current job.
But boxing never left him, despite picking school over a career in the ring. At the age of twenty Roesen started working as a judge in the amateurs, and two years later he had his refereeing debut. He eventually worked over 1000 bouts, but his campaign in the unpaid ranks one day came to a sudden halt.
“I got a call one day that I had been chosen to be one of the referees in the German national amateur championships. I was so happy, as it was one of my main goals at the time. But then, one day before the tournament was to begin, I got another call that they had decided to not use me after all.”
“As a result of this, I decided I had had enough of the corrupt amateur boxing game, and that I instead wanted to try my luck in the professionals.”
Roesen got his break as a professional judge with the help of experienced official Artur Ellensohn, whom he considers one of his mentors. Not afraid to take advice from others, Roesen says he has learned a lot from Ellensohn, but also from another, highly respected referee:
“Steve Smoger is another mentor of mine. Whenever we meet we have long, interesting conversations which has helped me a lot. We have regular contact, and he is very good in giving me advice from his own experience as a referee.”
The thing is, besides representing the World Boxing Federation in Germany and acting as the WBF Anti-Doping Coordinator, Roesen is still very much active as a judge and referee. In fact, he is clearly one of the most promising WBF officials currently working.
So how did he get involved with the WBF? Artur Ellensohn again!
“Artur gave me a call one day, and simply said: Pick me up tomorrow, we are going to the WBF Convention in Slovenia and I wont take no for an answer! So, I did that, we went, and that was the beginning of my involvement with the WBF.”
At the Convention in Maribor, Roesen met many from the WBF Directory, one of them being European Chairman Olaf Schroeder. Schroeder saw the potential in his fellow German, and he soon got him to join, first as an official and later in the other capacities.
“Olaf is another guy I would call a mentor”, says Roesen. “He gave me a chance to do my best within the WBF, and he believes in me and gave me a chance to prove myself working in WBF International, Intercontinental and World title fights.”
“We have spend a lot of time together in cars, driving to shows, or in hotels, speaking about boxing past, present, and future, and it helps me a lot. I really owe a lot of gratitude to Olaf, but also to Artur and Steve. I cant thank these three guys enough.“
Still only thirty-eight years old, but with lots of experience already, and a big desire to always learn more, Christian Roesen will almost certainly be a very big part of the continued success of the World Boxing Federation.
His commitment to the WBF is hard to downplay, when you hear him say that he hopes at least one of his daughters will one day become a WBF World Champion. Tongue in cheek, perhaps, but then again, maybe not…
“When I am done with boxing, many years from now, I would like to be remembered as a fair guy, a funny and crazy guy. And the father of the WBF Womens Champion of the world…”