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Community Program Boxing Back After Fire

Posted April 25, 2001 9:35 a.m. EDT

— A Durham boxing club was dealt a major blow several weeks ago when a fire destroyed its gymnasium. Thanks to the community, it now has a new home.

Triangle Developmental Boxing is back in business and changing the lives of youngsters who take part in the program.

A fire gutted the club's downtown gym April 1. Members are now working out in a building donated by a Durham businessman. People in the community donated the equipment.

"I'm just thankful we have another place to train and get these kids off the street and back in the gym," says owner Willie Massey.

The club teaches the fundamentals boxingandimportant life lessons.

Barking orders like a drill sergeant, Eugene "The Terrible" Toran is busy getting a group of Durham kids into shape.

"You teach [them] a sense of responsibility in terms of respect. They also learn discipline," he says.

I was getting into trouble, being a bad kid with nothing to do, too much time. I ended up here and when I got here, I fell in love with boxing," says boxer DeAngelo Perry.

"Every night I come to boxing, I have confidence in myself," says boxer Zo Perry.

The club is open to everyone, but to get into the ring, you must check your attitude at the door.

The kids who come here are quick to listen and eager to learn. They are finding out this experience is not just about boxing -- it is about about building a future.

The new gym is located at 1212 Angier Avenue. For more information or to make a donation, call (919) 667-2340.