Ronnie comes from a boxing family. His father (Silas) and two brothers (Robbie and Lonnie) are already in the hall of fame. Ronnie started boxing at a young age and by the time he was a teenager he was boxing on the national level. Ronnie was Texas State Champ from 1971 to 1975. He won two silver meals at the National Jr. Olympics in 1975 and 1976. He was a South Carolina Golden Gloves Champion in 1976 and won the Southern Golden Gloves the same year. He won the Ohio State Fair National Championship in 1976. He did all this before graduating high school. After school he entered the Air Force and won the Air Force Championship and All Service Championship 4 years in a row. Ronnie now resides in Myrtle Beach, SC.