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Destined for Greatness

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Destiny Day Owens is 22 years old and is more focused and more committed now than ever before, thanks to boxing. Boxing has been a tool she has used since she was 17 to curb her anger and find her focus.  She loves what the sport has done for her and is looking forward to what’s to come.

Owens is a mother of two and talks about the importance of family and how having children has strengthened her as a boxer.

“I enjoy boxing, but I also do this for my kids.” says Owens. “I have two girls and they look up to me, so I have to make sure I’m setting the right example.”

Owens, didn’t always demonstrate the right example.  As a teenager she constantly stayed in fights and after losing her dad, she felt she needed to refocus her direction.

“I met coach Mack while exploring boxing and I would come into the gym to workout but never really had a trainer.”

“After my dad passed I decided to get serious, because I knew that’s what he wanted me to do and it was really the only form of discipline I had.”

“I came to coach Mack to train me a few years ago, he started talking to me while I was working out and it just all came together. He now trains me everyday. ”

“I don’t know where I would be without boxing.”

Coach Mack Allison opened Time 2 Grind boxing in 2016 after working for nearly 16 years with Baltimore Recreation and Parks at Upton Boxing Center. He saw something special in Destiny and after 32 years of boxing and training youth in Baltimore, he could feel she had what it takes to be a champion.
“Destiny has grown and improved a lot since I began training her.  Her footwork has gotten better and she even listens a lot more,” he says laughingly. “She has become one of the best fighters in her weight class,” says Mack.

Mack currently trains 9 champions at Time 2 Grind gym, although he considers all of his boxers champions when they are doing well in school and staying out of trouble.

In the next 3 years Baltimore will be in a position to produce some of the best champion boxers. He is playing his part by helping youth stay off the streets and get in the gym.

“For me its bigger than boxing,” says Mack. “I care more about the well-being of our youth and boxing is just a tool to get there.”

 

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