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Community Program Boxing Back After Fire

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DURHAM — A Durham boxing club was dealt a major blowseveral weeks ago when a fire destroyed itsgymnasium. Thanks to the community, it now has a newhome.

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

A fire gutted the club's downtown gym April 1. Members are now workingout 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 kidsoff the street and back in the gym," says owner Willie Massey.

The club teaches the fundamentals boxingandimportantlife 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 ofrespect. 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 haveconfidence in myself," says boxer Zo Perry.

The club is open to everyone, but to getinto the ring, you must check your attitudeat the door.

The kids who come here are quick to listen and eager tolearn. They are finding out this experience is not just about boxing -- itis 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.

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