"My name is Ricardo 'Showstoppa'
Wallers, stay tuned because you gonna see my face alot. I will be the next
Heavyweight Champion", stated Ricardo. Check out what he had to share!
SA: Let's just start off with talking about
who you are.
RW: My name is Ricardo "Showstoppa" Wallers.
The next Heavyweight Champion of the world, as an amateur I racked an
impressive record of approximately 85 wins and 15 loses. I was a 2xOlympic
trials Bronze medalists, have won and place in many other tournaments.
SA: What made you become a boxer?
just always loved boxing and wanted to do it, I always was in sports as a
kid, Basketball, Taekwondo, Swimming, football but I always wanted to box. I
actually hid it from my mother for about a year, before I told her because
she didn't want me to do it. So I didn’t tell her till I was ready for my
first fight. I went in gym when I was like 8 and a guy by that name Cooper
seen me hitting that bag and told me I should become a boxer. I went there
but I never had a fight till I was 14 and went then to another gym.
SA: You are now 25 years young about to be 26
and will be turning pro next week.
Yes, but what took me so long to turn pro were my dreams of being an
Olympian. Life obstacles that seem to always keep me distracted from my
goals did. I come from a middle class family. Had a great mother
relationship but with my dad it wasn’t that great but it was there. I was on
my own at the age of 17, living life on my own trying to find myself as a
man. I was never taught from my dad how to be one. So I found love in women.
Not knowing sub-consciously, I was trying to fill that void of my father’s
love through women. At the age of 17 or 18 a girl that she was pregnant. So
I dropped out of school in my last year which was a dumb decision might I
add to get a Job to take care of him and found later out that he was not
mine. I don’t regret it for one day. It was an obstacle for God to put me in
a better place. During that time I was among the streets to go to the
Olympics but my mind, was so on other things that I wasn’t. All I knew was
to get out here and take care of myself. So that was all that was on my
mind. I wish that I would have because then I would have a gold medal with a
lot of money right now. I love God, animals, sports, family time.
SA: You will have your first pro bout
September 21st. How do you prepare for such a start into a new era?
RW: You know I have been really tuning myself
up for this being in the ring with some of today's top heavyweights and just
working hard. I won't lie I was kinda unmotivated for a while, because
nothing was really happening. I kinda mentally gave up but I love this so
much I couldn’t give it up, though. I was born for this; I’m a fighter at
spirit and heart so I had to make a few changes in my life to allow myself
to be in a better living and training environment. I have been working hard,
I lost 20 pounds just this month, I am now in a place where I can do nothing
but eat, sleep, and live boxing. So I feel a little more confident in what I
SA: What experience did you take from working
with the champions?
RW: You know I got a lot of experience.
Especially from Heavyweight Champion of the World Wladimir Klitschko and
Eddie Chambers, those guys work extremely hard for heavyweights I have seen
nothing like it. I definitely learned to be great you have to do what the
other men won’t do and they definitely do. I also know that if I can get in
there with them, these other guys will be light work. By the way another guy
that works hard is Michael Hunter, I have taking hard work ethics from all
these guys and used it to my advantage. I also learned that boxing is not a
game, I won’t lie. I was told I was too good too early and it went to my
head as I got older so I didn’t train as hard as I was supposed to. Not that
I got beat up or nothing like that but it showed me talents and skills
aren’t everything you need, what you need is a whole package full with
condition, talent, hard work, ethic and so on.
SA: How would you describe your boxing style?
RW: I can do it all box, slug, and switch
from orthodox to southpaw. I’m the sweet sauce to the apple sauce baby! And
look good doing it, but I like to box though I’m very, very fast for a
heavyweight. I can mix it up. I came up sparring with light guys and
watching great likes like Roy Jones who in my opinion talent wise was the
best to ever do it, Sugar Shane, James Toney, and now Floyd Mayweather.
SA: What is your first boxing memory?
myself I remember like yesterday, a great man, by the name John Falcone I
believe he was about 50 and I was about 15 hit me with a body shot and
dropped me after that I never been dropped since and I also remember
watching Roy Jones Jnr. versus David Telesco, I was so in love with that
fight. Not that I was so blinded by how great Roy was but the indices of his
levels. He showed greatness in that fight. He showed who the boss was; the
he had speed and power, also proved that he can think and be calm at the
same time it was an awesome fight. I also loved watching Sugar Shane Mosley
and Oscar Del La Hoya Great fight as well.
SA: You were getting yourself into a lot of craziness but I
wonder what was the reason for you to change your life and become a ‘good
Well, honestly I always been a good dude I just put myself in bad situations
you know. Being in places where I had to carry a gun in, beating up people
for gang fights, shootouts. I honestly just sit back and thank God because
if it wouldn’t have been for him. I would be in jail right now for murder or
it would have never been found out and I would have just been walking around
with that on my head. I have done anything that you can think of at one time
in my life not because I’m a bad guy but, I found myself the wrong way.
SA: Do you have any advice to everyone out
there who might be in the same shoes as you used to be?
Father's : Father your children, so the world or other people, don't have
to. A Boys first affirmation, should come from his father.
SA: Do you have a message for your supporters out there?
My name is Ricardo "Showstoppa" Wallers and stay tuned because you gonna see
my face a lot, I will be the next Heavyweight Champion! Never forget to
thank God for your many blessings! And a shout out to Falcone
family in Cincinnati, thanks for everything you ever done for me.