Ardmore Middle School boys had a knockout of an assembly Friday as boxers Eric Fields and Noah Zuhdi visited with them.

 


Ardmore Middle School boys had a knockout of an assembly Friday as boxers Eric Fields and Noah Zuhdi visited with them.


“It was pretty cool. They started off how we were then they became pros,” seventh-grader Devon Westbrook said.


Fields, an Ardmore native, spoke about the importance of good decisions and hard work.


“I hope they understand that you should work hard and stay out of trouble,” Eric Fields said.


He also discussed how he didn’t really know what he wanted to be growing up, which struck a cord with some students.


“You may not know what you want to be, but you can still do something good,” seventh-grader Christopher Riner said.


Zuhdi, who grew up in Oklahoma City, shared his four steps to success — set goals, create plans, execute plans and surround yourself with positive people.


“I wanted to show them the process I go through and hope they apply that to what they go through,” Zuhdi said.


Zuhdi also completed law school and passed the bar while pursuing his boxing career.


“It was cool he got to go to college and be a pro boxer at night,” Riner said. “It taught me how we can do the same thing.”


It was the first time the gentlemen have spoken to a school group.


“I was hoping not to lose their attention and keep them entertained and give them something they can use,” Zuhdi said.


“It is good to be back and to give back to the kids,” Fields said.


Students were also able to ask questions of the boxers and receive an autographed picture.


“It was pretty cool because they didn’t walk off and leave us,” seventh-grader Grant Duncan said. “They stayed and talked to us.”


Overall, it was an inspiring day for the young men.


“It makes me feel that if they can do their dreams, I can do mine,” sixth-grader Tristan Ward said.


Jennifer Lindsey, 221-6536