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By The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | November 13, 2010
For more than half a century, six nights a week, Mack Lewis climbed the 20 creaky stairs to the converted dance hall on the corner of Eager and Broadway where he taught thousands of young men to box and counseled them on life. The gym later moved to a vacant Rite Aid in the nearby Church Square Mall on Bond Street, and Mr. Lewis' supporters worked to have it turned into a state-of-the-art 4,200-square-foot gym. But nothing about how Lewis approached his work changed. Mr. Lewis, who died Friday night at Good Samaritan Hospital at age 92, trained contenders and pretenders, fathers, sons and grandsons.
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Kevin Cowherd | November 17, 2010
Mack Lewis wanted to save them all. All those kids with hard eyes who grew up poor and fatherless and heard the call of the street corner and easy money — those were the ones he thought boxing could save. They'd come around the old gym at the corner of Eager and Broadway, a converted dance hall with all the charm of a spit bucket. Inside, they'd see "Mr. Mack" up there in the ring, working with yet another fighter, shouting at him to stick the jab, throw the uppercut, move in and out, and what they'd sense in the hot, sticky air was hope and redemption and maybe a way out. That's what folks will remember most when they hold a public viewing Thursday for the legendary trainer and manager, who died Friday at the age of 92. "His duty was to take the guys in the neighborhood and make them better people," Lewis' nephew, Elmer Johnson, said.
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Kevin Cowherd | November 17, 2010
Mack Lewis wanted to save them all. All those kids with hard eyes who grew up poor and fatherless and heard the call of the street corner and easy money — those were the ones he thought boxing could save. They'd come around the old gym at the corner of Eager and Broadway, a converted dance hall with all the charm of a spit bucket. Inside, they'd see "Mr. Mack" up there in the ring, working with yet another fighter, shouting at him to stick the jab, throw the uppercut, move in and out, and what they'd sense in the hot, sticky air was hope and redemption and maybe a way out. That's what folks will remember most when they hold a public viewing Thursday for the legendary trainer and manager, who died Friday at the age of 92. "His duty was to take the guys in the neighborhood and make them better people," Lewis' nephew, Elmer Johnson, said.
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By The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | November 13, 2010
For more than half a century, six nights a week, Mack Lewis climbed the 20 creaky stairs to the converted dance hall on the corner of Eager and Broadway where he taught thousands of young men to box and counseled them on life. The gym later moved to a vacant Rite Aid in the nearby Church Square Mall on Bond Street, and Mr. Lewis' supporters worked to have it turned into a state-of-the-art 4,200-square-foot gym. But nothing about how Lewis approached his work changed. Mr. Lewis, who died Friday night at Good Samaritan Hospital at age 92, trained contenders and pretenders, fathers, sons and grandsons.
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By Alejandro Danois and Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2006
This past Halloween, on an unseasonably warm evening, the new Mack Lewis Boxing Gym, nestled in the shadows of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 900 block of North Bond Street, was alive with its usual activity. The night's soundtrack: the thud of padded fists crashing into heavy bags, a buzzer that sounds every three minutes, the grunts and groans of men pushing themselves to their physical limits and the staccato wisp of jump ropes. Seated in a corner near the entrance, wearing a radiant smile, was Lewis himself.
SPORTS
March 30, 1995
What: Eight-bout card tonight at Teamsters Hall, 6000 Erdman Ave.When: First bout starts at 8 p.m.Main event: Wade Duncan (10-2-2) vs. Curtis Peoples (12-4), welterweightsAlso: International Boxing Federation junior middleweight champion Vincent Pettway will appear in a four-round exhibitionTickets: $30 and $20. For reservations, call (410) 485-3320.
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November 23, 2006
Name Last week Overall record Dolphins@Lions Buccaneers@Cowboys Broncos@Chiefs John Eisenberg 8-8 104-56 Dolphins Cowboys Chiefs Jamison Hensley 11-5 97-63 Lions Cowboys Chiefs Edward Lee 9-7 95-65 Dolphins Cowboys Chiefs Rick Maese 11-5 101-59 Dolphins Cowboys Chiefs Mike Preston 11-5 99-61 Dolphins Cowboys Broncos Peter Schmuck 10-6 100-60 Lions Cowboys Broncos David Steele 8-8 95-65 Lions Cowboys Chiefs Vincent Pettway Lions Cowboys Chiefs...
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By Alan Goldstein and Joanna Daemmrich | May 5, 1995
Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke won a pair of Washington Redskins tickets from Washington Mayor Marion Barry after Baltimore's Vincent Pettway successfully defended his International Boxing Federation junior middleweight title at USAir Arena on Saturday by knocking out Simon Brown of Mount Airy.Schmoke, who had wagered a bushel of crabs, declared yesterday Vincent Pettway Day in Baltimore. He presented Pettway with a pewter plate and his manager-trainer, Mack Lewis, with a glass plate.But a bigger reward may be coming.
FEATURES
December 10, 1995
The white wooden floor is chipped and noisy. The paint on the walls is flaking. Most of the athletic equipment is old and the showers are in bad shape.But for the thousands of youngsters who have walked through the doors of Mack Lewis' East Baltimore gym, the shabbiness is not what matters. What does is the chance to be trained in the art of boxing by a living legend.For 49 years, "Mr. Mack" has been turning lean and hungry boys into fighting men at his gym on the corner of Broadway and Eager Street.
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By Alan Goldstein | December 30, 1993
The International Boxing Federation junior middleweight title bout between champion Gianfranco Rosi and No. 1-ranked Vincent Pettway of Baltimore will be held March 4 at the new MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas, a spokesman for promoter Don King said yesterday.King won the bidding for the match with a purse proposal of $327,000 on Tuesday, only four thousand more than one offered by Spanish promoter Enrique Soria.Rosi, of Italy, has been idle since defending his crown against France's Gilbert Dele in January.
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By Alejandro Danois and Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2006
This past Halloween, on an unseasonably warm evening, the new Mack Lewis Boxing Gym, nestled in the shadows of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 900 block of North Bond Street, was alive with its usual activity. The night's soundtrack: the thud of padded fists crashing into heavy bags, a buzzer that sounds every three minutes, the grunts and groans of men pushing themselves to their physical limits and the staccato wisp of jump ropes. Seated in a corner near the entrance, wearing a radiant smile, was Lewis himself.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Writer | April 30, 1995
LANDOVER -- Simon Brown's co-trainer, Carlos "Panama" Lewis, was missing from his corner at USAir Arena last night before his fighter's title bout with junior middleweight champion Vincent Pettway.Lewis, 49, waited until Friday night to apply for a second's license from the Maryland State Athletic Commission and was denied.Commission counsel Bruce Spizler, an assistant district attorney, aware that Lewis was under suspension statewide save for Pennsylvania, said Lewis would have to face a future hearing in Maryland to have his case reviewed.
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