BBN caught up with Derrick Osaze at the Ultimate Boxxer 3 presser to find out more about the middleweight about to put his unbeaten record on the line in the fast-paced, exciting eight-man tournament on May 10 in London.
Name: Derrick Osaze
Record: 6-0 (1KO)
Born: South East London
Nickname: DelBoy, The Punching Preacher
Favourite all-time boxer? "Muhammad Ali."
Favourite current boxer? "Terrence Crawford."
Favourite fight? "Hagler vs Hearns."
Boxing clubs? "I've trained at Phoenix ABC, Fitzroy Lodge ABC, and now at Nottingham School of Boxing ABC."
Amateur honours? "England Boxing BUCS National Champion x2; England Boxing East Midlands Regional Champion."
Biggest achievement in boxing? "Winning my first National title."
Toughest ever opponent? "Liam Hunt."
Goals in boxing? "To become a multiple world champion."
Retirement age? "I'd like to retire at 35."
Team? "Barrington Brown – Head Trainer; Mark Howell – Assistant Trainer; Jimmy Gill - Manager."
Boxing style? "Aggressive counter-puncher."
Ring walk song? "Kojo Funds - Warning."
Pre-fight rituals? "I always pray before my fights."
Favourite brand of gloves? "Winning are my best."
Best venue? "The O2 Arena."
Best belt? "Either the WBA or WBC."
Favourite football team? "I'm a Manchester United fan."
Other sports? "Tennis, Basketball, I like a bit of Rugby too."
Favourite holiday destination? "Canada."
Favourite TV programme? "Power Rangers."
Favourite film? "Rocky (All of them)."
What actor would play you in a film of your life? "Michael B Jordan."
Favourite music? "I like everything but it all depends what mood I’m in."
Favourite food? "Everything chicken!"
Favourite restaurant? "Chiquito’s."
Favourite brands? "Nike, Adidas, Superdry, Under Armour."
Favourite superhero? "Power Rangers!"
Motto? "Aspire to inspire."
Next fight? "I'm in the next Ultimate Boxxer on 10th May at The O2."
What fight do you want to see happen this year? "Joshua vs Wilder."
If you could fight anyone, past or present, who would it be? "Marvin Hagler, just to see if I was as tough, haha!"
What is the best division to watch in boxing and why? "Middleweights, because it’s a weight class where they are as fast as lightweights, but can punch like heavyweights, which makes the fights great."
What is most important to you in your career between money or glory? "Glory, as long as my bills are paid."
Where do you want to be in your career in exactly one year’s time from now? "Ranked in the top 15 and challenging for the English title."
Tell us something that not many people know about you? "I was invited to attend a selection camp for the Rio 2016 Olympic Qualifiers for Nigeria."
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