Q & A with Pro Boxer OG James

Senior Writer: Kamilah McLeod

August 11, 2017

1. How did you decide to become a professional boxer?


    After 120 amateur fights, and after I watched many people turn pro that were not ready

And I was much better then, I decided to turn pro.


2. How do you feel about your current record? (12 wins with 7 K)’s and 1 lose)


    I feel that my career is on the right path, I just have to stay focused and dedicated. I feel

that I have the potential to take my career very far in boxing.


3. Do you feel any pressure or any changes in your lifestyle as a boxer since your debit in 2011?


    Since 2011, I have been fighting, I got a new promoter Salita Promotions who has been

moving me in the right direction. I got a new child, Lilia, she is 2 years old, I also have 2

other children James and Joshua, boxing is helping me support my family and become a

better person. The pressure is to keep winning and to become a world champion.


4. Do you or have you thought about changing your current division? (Bantamweight)


   NO, I do not plan on changing weight classes. I am able to come down from 135 to 118,

and be the naturally bigger person. I do not plan to move up or down until I take over

this weight class, or outgrow it.



5. How long have you been a part of the Kronk gym?


  I have been boxing at kronk for about a year. I felt that it would be better for me to train

at kronk to enhance my boxing abilities.



6. How did you get the Alias: O.G.? 


  I came up with it when I turned 25, because a lot of people in my neighborhood said

That I would not reach 25.



7. How many hours do you train on average?


  About an hour of running and 2-3 hours at the gym.



8. How did it feel boxing in front of the home crowd at Detroit’s MGM Casino recently?


  I always love fighting at home, it’s a big venue like MGM, or smaller show like

we have at Masonic Temple. I love the support I get from the fans.



9. What do we have to look forward to hearing and seeing from you?


  A lot of exciting fights and hopefully a world title.



10.  What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?


  Boxing is not for everybody, I would say if you do not have somebody genuinely

supporting you and caring about you then don’t do it. Boxing is very hard sport

with a lot of people that try to get over on you, make money off of you. You can

get hurt without proper coaching behind you. My advice is start young and enjoy

it while you are an amateur, because amateurs is the best part of boxing.