If you want too much, you will never be happy in your life
Rostislav Osička was born on October 15, 1956, in Valtice to a farmer’s family and grew up in Moravský Žižkov. He started boxing at fifteen in Hodonín and then in Skalice in the National League. He went to military service as a member of the Dukla team and started boxing on the professional basis. He won three bronze medals at the World Championship of Armies and the bronze medal from European Championship in Cologne. He is the champion of Czechoslovakia and three-time champion of the Czech Republic. During his career, he took 305 matches and won 268. In 1981 he had to end his professional career due to a row for which he was distanced for life from boxing. Later, the sentence was changed to a year and a half. He still boxed for the Uhelné sklady team but didn’t get to the top. He faced existential problems. He moved in the Prague demi-monde, worked as a bar bouncer, stuntman, occasional actor, made some money by delivering coal and as a trainer of young boxers. After 1989 he established a boxing school and had some bitter experience in his beginnings when he was cheated by con men. Painting is his life-long passion. He still paints, exhibits his paintings and sells them, but also provides boxing lessons to the general public and to a boxing team. In his story, he speaks about the doping of Germans and Bulgarians, or why he never wanted to go into exile.