Ringstar Boxing founder and CEO Scott Patrick Farrell spent his childhood in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, England. Recently, he shared some of his early memories about how he was introduced to boxing.
Farrell recalls two names that made the most impression on him as a kid namely Muhammad Ali and Rocky Marciano. The Ringstar Boxing mastermind said, “They were the first two names that stuck in my head as a kid reason being my dad always had his version of them and why he respected them as professional boxers and human beings.”
“At that time, I was too young to know very much about them and their careers but I was fascinated by the stories of their fights and lives in and outside of the ring,” Farrell said of Ali and Marciano. “This was another hook when I knew I wanted to be a boxer.”
While still fascinated with Ali and Marciano, Farrell remembers one particular fight that pushed him to take the big leap into the ring. It is the 1990 war between Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn, which has become a classic in boxing lore.
“I loved that fight and the build-up,” Farrell said of the bout between Eubank and Benn. “I liked them both for different reasons. I had been spending time in the boxing gyms, hitting bags, doing some work on the mitts and the occasional sparring but after that fight I just wanted to take things a step higher and compete myself.”
Initially, Farrell took several amateur fights but he quickly realized his limitations. He explained, “I had tons of heart and I will fight anyone you put in front of me but I seemed to lack certain skills other fighters seemed so natural to develop.”
“Boxing stands the test of time and is soaked in the blood, sweat and tears of sporting history,” Farrell stated. “It has created greats such as Ali, (George) Foreman, (Mike) Tyson, (Earnie) Shavers, Marciano, the list goes on and on. Even after they have long finished boxing, their names are shouted and the days of their glory are brought back to life through conversations or old films of their fights.”
Moreover, Farrell described Ali, Foreman, Tyson, Shavers and Marciano as “heroes who didn’t know how to quit.” The Ringstar Boxing CEO added that these boxers “sacrificed everything sometimes for no reward at all but yet inspired us all.”
Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Farrell and two Ringstar boxers: