Paul Wheeler talks to O’Shaquie Foster, a man who knows that it always comes back to the basics
When and why you started boxing:
I started when I was eight years old. I followed my older cousin to the gym and it took off from there.
Favourite all-time fighter:
Floyd Mayweather because of his strategic mind and his all-round ability.
Best fight you’ve seen:
Marvin Hagler vs Thomas Hearns. They went at it non-stop from the first bell. The action was intense.
Personal career highlight:
Beating Miguel Roman [ko 9 – November 2020]. The fight was on national TV and it gained a lot of attention. He was a strong-calibre opponent who’d been in a lot of wars, so it was a good test for me.
Alberto Mercado [w ud 10 – December 2019]. I hit him with a lot of heat but he wouldn’t go down. He’s a real tough dude.
Best and worst attributes as a boxer:
My best attribute is that I can adjust to any style and any fighter. Sometimes my worst attribute is being too nice. Being nice can get you in all types of trouble.
People want to get all fancy, but it always comes back to the basics. Never forget that.
I’ve got a thing for shrimp fried rice. I don’t eat chicken, beef or pork. I’m a seafood guy – a real pescatarian. My favourite restaurant is Lotus Seafood in Houston, Texas.
Best friends in boxing:
There are no best friends in boxing – period. We all need to fight each other.
Other sportsperson you would like to be:
Floyd Mayweather because he’s got all the money. But really, I wouldn’t want to be anyone else.
Last film/TV show you saw:
Power. That’s the show I watch now. Real exciting.
Who would play you in a film of your life:
I’d pick Michael B. Jordan. He’s always around real professional boxing gyms and he’s also a great actor.
Have you ever been starstruck:
When I was a kid I met Ludacris and ended up being in his music video with Floyd Mayweather.
Last time you cried:
When my grandma died. That was tough for the family.
Best advice received:
‘Never make the same mistake twice.’ My pops gave me that advice when I was a kid.
Worst rumour about yourself:
That I’m just a boxer.
Something not many people know about you:
I’m good at basketball. I’ve got a jump shot that you wouldn’t believe.