Eric started boxing around the age of eight after his mother moved him from Florida to New York to live with his father and keep him out of trouble.
At the New Bed-Stuy Boxing Center, he trained under legendary trainer George Washington, Harry Keitt & Dylan “Blimp” Parsley Sr. Eric left Bed-Stuy to go to Gleason’s where, under the tutelage of Hector Rocca, he won his 1st national title at 16, ranked #1 in US, #4 in world. In 1998 at 156 pounds, he won the Daily News Golden Gloves, bronze in National Golden Gloves and u-19 Nationals Gold, solidifying his claim to 1998 Fighter of the Year.
In 1999, Eric graduated High School and with a 2nd consecutive Golden Gloves title under his belt at 156, won full Scholarship to US Olympic Education Center. That same year he defeated Jerson Ravelo (#1 in county at 165) to win the 1999 American Boxing Classic.
Eric would go on to win 2000 Bronze at the US Championships (165), 2000 National Golden Gloves, and be named a 2000 USA Olympic Alternate allowing him to train & travel with US boxing team. At the 2001 US Nationals, Eric lost to 2004 Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward in the Finals, bumping him to #2 in US.