Mack Allison III said he recently experienced a treat that he’ll never forget.
After a challenging evening of practice, the owner of the now-famous Time 2 Grind Boxing Gym in northeast Baltimore has routinely provided a ride home to the young men training while under his watchful eyes.
However, while recently closing up the gym with three young men he had trained, Allison witnessed something that made him smile.
“All three of them got in their own vehicles and drove home,” Allison recalled. “It just made me sigh and smile.”
The three – Mack Papi Allison IV, Tyrell “Iron Soldier” Boyd and Malik Titus – will all appear on the same card in Sterling, Virginia, on Saturday, September 25 at the Dulles Sportsplex.
Allison IV will enter the ring as a lightweight with 15 professional bouts under his belt. Boyd, a super middleweight, will compete for the third time as a pro, while Titus, a heavyweight, and U.S. Army veteran, will make his professional debut.
“I call them the ‘Triple Threat,’” said Allison III – better known as Coach Allison. “It’s so exciting to see these boys grow to become men. They are fighting as professionals and with all three on the same card I couldn’t be prouder.”
Billed by promoters as “The Return of Big-Time Professional Boxing in the DMV,” the fight card is headlined by Dionte “Mr. Untouchable” Burts, who will clash with Juan Rodriguez in a welterweight bout. Also on the card, Ricardo Volcin will take on Brient Pierce Rodriguez in a heavyweight showdown.
But for Coach Allison, it’s all about his “Triple Threat.”
“I look at Terryl Boyd and he’s in the military with the Army and with the Reserves on the weekend while Mack and Malik both attended Eastern Shore and graduated from high school,” Coach Allison said. “Boyd is a father who takes really good care of his son,and the other two are hard workers. This is what the gym is all about.”
While Allison IV hails from Baltimore, the card presents at least four D.C. natives.
Coach Allison opened Time 2 Grind in 2015, but he has served for years as a mentor for many young ones in the Baltimore area.
He has trained dozens of boxers and has helped countless others achieve their goals of living a healthy and productive life.
“It’s not just me — it’s the community,” Coach Allison stated.
“It really does take a village to raise children and that is what we’ve been working hard to accomplish here in Baltimore. I can’t really express how proud all of us are of these young men whom we’ve seen grow from being young boys to young men,” he concluded.
For tickets and information about the September 25 boxing card, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-return-of-big-time-professional-boxing-in-the-dmv-tickets-165772376641.