ARDMORE, Okla. (KTEN) — Decades of history has been made at the Eastside Renaissance recreation center in downtown Ardmore. Now, five notable boxers who all trained in this same ring are being honored where it all began.

Gene Armstrong, Joe Lewis, Gary Raymond, Kermit Cain and Eric Fields are all pictured in new murals that adorn the building. 

"There are people that are going to be riding through here, and they'll see the wall of boxers," said project spokesperson Cedric Bailey. "They'll be thinking, 'Wow... what really happened back in the day here in Ardmore?'" 

In the 1990s and early 2000s, Eric Fields traveled and competed across the country, earning multiple national titles.  

"When I cross it, I smile, and I am real happy about it, '' he said. “But I don't want to be the last person out of Ardmore — especially with the youth — because I know there will be somebody that will come up better than I did, and go farther than I did." 

Boxer and gym owner Garry Raymond has trained boxers for more than 30 years. He said athletes like Fields are truly special.

"He had the talent,” said Raymond. “Didn't know a left hook from a fishing hook, so I knew I had to start getting busy real fast. And he developed just like he was born with it. Nobody went as far as Eric, and to be someone coming behind him is still open. I'm looking for a world champion; that's what I want, personally, before I go, is a world champion." 

This week, local businessman Jerry Swink donated and installed display lights to illuminate the murals of the boxers at night.