By Gary “Digital” Williams
Fightnews.com has learned that legendary Baltimore MD trainer Mack Lewis passed away in Baltimore at the age of 92. Lewis gained notoriety when he led Vincent Pettway to the IBF Junior Middleweight championship in 1994 after 50 years in the sport.
A native of Baltimore, Lewis went to Douglass High School and played college football at Morgan State University. Lewis was a member of the 1940 undefeated Morgan State championship team.
Lewis began boxing while serving in World War II at Fort Lee, VA. He was one of the stars of the boxing team. He returned to boxing in Baltimore but an ear injury curtailed his pro boxing career.
Lewis trained a countless number of boxers in his famed Eager Street Gym in his more than six decades in the sport, including the likes of Larry Middleton, Alvin Anderson and Vernon Mason, who were in the top ten in their respective weight classes. On September 17, 1994, Lewis reached the championship level for his only world title when Pettway defeated Gianfranco Rosi to win the IBF Junior Middleweight championship in Las Vegas, NV. Lewis also had a hand in the development of future world heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman.
But more importantly, at least to “Mr. Mack,” were the countless number of boxers that he kept on the straight and narrow. There are so many people in boxing in the Beltway area that owe their careers and maybe, their lives, to Mack Lewis.
Arrangements will be announced shortly.