Mack Allison III says he recently experienced a treat that he won’t soon forget.
After a challenging evening of practicing, the owner of the now-famous Time2Grind Boxing Gym in Northeast Baltimore has routinely provided a ride home to the young men he has trained. However, on one particular recent night, as he was closing up the gym with the three young men he 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, 2021 at the Dulles Sportsplex. Allison IV will step into 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, is making 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 all three on the same card, and 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 clashes in a welterweight bout with Juan Rodriguez. Ricardo Volcin also takes on Brient Pierce Rodriguez in a heavyweight fight. For Coach Allison, it’s all about his “Triple Threat.”
“I look at Tyrell Boyd, and he’s in the military with the Army, and with the Reserves on the weekend, and Mack and Malik both attended Eastern Shore and graduated high school,” Coach Allison said. “Boyd is a father who takes really good care of his son, and the other two are such hard workers. This is what the gym is all about.”
Coach Allison opened Time 2 Grind in 2015, but has served for years as a mentor for many young people 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 said. “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.”
For tickets and information about the September 25 boxing card, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thereturn-of-big-time-professional-boxing-in-the-dmv-tickets-165772376641.