BALTIMORE, Md.--Boxing trainer Mack Allison III has always believed that it’s just as important to prepare for challenges outside of the boxing ring as it is to be ready to survive inside the ring.
The 44-year-old Baltimore native, known to his peers and mentees as Coach Mack, encourages the amateur boxers to focus on how to advance their lives, whether the path is in higher education or in a professional boxing career.
He has already spelled out how to train to be an amateur boxer in Coach Mack’s Basic Boxing Training Guide. Now, Coach Mack wants to extend his advice to the would-be fighters who haven’t trained with him at the Upton Boxing Center. In his second book, Coach Mack’s Professional Boxing Training Guide, he offers useful tips on how to successfully make the transition from an amateur boxer to a professional fighter.
Allison’s first book, written in 2011, focused on the basics of amateur boxing, with step-by-step instruction on exercise to tips on proper fighting mechanics. In his second book, published in 2012, he covers the business side of professional boxing, explaining in detail such matters as how to pick the perfect trainer, and how to pay them, to the ins and outs of signing contracts with boxing promoters.
“There’s a huge difference between being an amateur boxer and a professional boxer and it all starts with the business side of the industry,” Mack told the AFRO.
“As a new pro in the boxing business, you have to be aware of how to properly select the right trainer who will have your best interest at mind, and you especially have to know how to not be taken advantage of by boxing promoters who are only trying to make money off you. This book will help you understand that and keep you from being made a fool of in what can be a cutthroat business.”
Mack’s professional boxing guide, being less than 40 pages, is a relatively short read. But, he insists that his book is enough to properly educate the would-be pro, but not so long or involved to cause them to quit reading.
For instance, Coach Mack mentioned to the AFRO, one thing a newcomer to the pro ring needs to be careful about is signing a contract with promoters.
“Hire a professional boxing advisor or legal advisor to be present with you when you’re signing a contract with a promoter to take a fight because you don’t want to end up with less money than you’re actually worth,” Allison said. “Promoters usually only offer 10 to 15 percent to young boxers in the industry, and then the boxer still has to pay 33.3 percent of his gaining’s to his manager/trainer so if you’re not negotiating with the promoter properly you can end up with only five percent in prize money, which wouldn’t be much money at all once the manager takes his cut.”
Now that the second book is out, Allison said he is now working on a personal fitness video to help the average person stay in shape. He said he’s not doing it to make a profit, but to fulfill the commitment of the Upton Boxing Center trainers—Coach Mack, Calvin Ford and Kenny Ellis—to help anyone who is interested, to box and achieve physical fitness.
In addition, Allison said, looking back on his own days as a troubled youngster, publishing advice about fitness and boxing is something no one expected him to do.
“I remember telling some of my teachers growing up that I wanted to write a book one day, and they laughed,” Allison said. “But now I’m laughing after actually pulling it off. It’s amazing how God works in life.”
Coach Mack’s Training and Boxing Guide and Coach Mack’s Professional Boxing Training Guide is available at the Upton Boxing Center, 1901 Pennsylvania Ave. Baltimore. Md.. 21212.