Former NC prep star athlete fighting for a chance at world boxing title
Maynard Allison never thought he would find himself in a gym preparing for his next fight.
“I had stopped playing football and I got bored,” Allison said. “So I was riding around and I ran into a boxing gym and I was like, let me go in here and see what it’s like.”
And from that moment on Allison was hooked. A star athlete at Jordan-Matthews High School, he grew up in the small Chatham County town of Siler City. Football and basketball were his sports.
It was a rough neighborhood but Allison kept his focus on sports and learned from his older brother what not to do.
“He kept me out of trouble and sports kept me out of trouble,” Allison said. “He’s still locked up now.”
Allison has steered clear of trouble. He and his wife are busy raising a family of four on the outskirts of his childhood hometown of Siler City.