How often do you find a person with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Berkeley College 2011, achieving feats in the field of boxing? A victim of bullying, 30-year-old Darren Goodall started his tryst with boxing from a young age of 7 years when his parents felt the need for Darren to be fit and trained enough to defend himself under attack.
Darren Goodall was featured on Bravo TV for training Danielle Staub, Lauren Manzo, and Ashlee Malleo. He has been training all of them since 2011. He was recently featured for Ashlee’s 20lbs weight loss journey. On his personal front, Darren is married to Gabrielle Hayward and lives with his son, Tyson Goodall, aged four months, mother, Dakota Daub, and father, Lance Goodall.
In a recent interview, New Jersey-born Darren Goodall shares nuggets about his life goals and prospects.
Q. Hello Darren! Please tell us about your experience as a professional boxer?
Darren Goodall: It has been the single most exhilarating experience of my life. Being in the ring, putting your life on the edge, teaches you a thing or two about who you are and how fragile and precious life is. Yet despite injuries, I never wanted to back down. Boxing had become more than exhilaration. It has become a way to remember my strengths and weaknesses, which has helped me become more humble. All this, plus fighting for Top Rank, the same company that promotes Manny Pacquaio and Terrence Crawford, provided the perfect blend of incentive and need to pursue boxing.
Q. Tell us about your fitness center.
Darren Goodall: Fitness is a large part of my life. It has always been. When I turned 23, I decided to put my energies into building my first gym. I started Venom Fitness in 6,000 sq ft and have expanded to 14,000 sq ft over the last five years. The success propelled me to open another branch in Osprey, Florida, a facility that boasts state-of-the-art equipment spread across 11,000 sq ft. Although we had to close the parent facility due to Covid, I plan to get back on schedule once things get better.
Q. What keeps you motivated?
Darren Goodall: There’s no substitute for hard work. With hard work, diligence, and patience, I have given my family and community things that contributed to their overall well-being. I don’t think I would have been helpful in any way to anyone if I had chosen laziness over discipline, shirking work over completing it. I am very much a result of some of these timeless lessons that help us become better versions of ourselves.