Macon native Maliek Montgomery making impact on boxing world

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon has its own pro athlete. As a matter-of-fact, 23-year-old pro boxer Maliek Montgomery was born and raised in Macon. 

He started boxing when he was just 12-years-old.  That’s when he knew he wanted to box for the rest of his life.

“When I was maybe 14 or 15, and I was getting ready to compete for the national JO’s (Junior Olympics),” Montgomery said. “And it was after I had a couple of run-ins in the national silver gloves, and something just clicked. I just knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”

Montgomery has taken the boxing world by storm early in his career. He’s a five-time Georgia games champion and a two-time national Golden Glove champion.

He holds a 4-0 professional record. All four of his wins have come by TKO. Though he’s had some early success, he says there’s still more to achieve.

“I just want to keep it going and not get too stuck on what I did in the past, and what I was able to accomplish in the past,” Montgomery said.  “I want to accomplish new feats, and just keep pushing forward for more and more accolades, and more titles.”

Montgomery’s passion and hard work has not only stood out, but it rubs off on his peers as well.

Boxing coach George Hayes says that doesn’t take a day off.  “He’ll fight and then come back to the gym the next day,” Hayes said.

Amateur boxer Alfred Hazel says that hard work and dedication is pretty much what one needs in the ring. “Maliek, he exudes all of that. A lot of people be like I want to be like Mike, but in this ring, you can say I want to be like Maliek.”

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Montezz Allen joined 41NBC as a sports reporter in 2019. He was born and raised on the West Side of Detroit, Michigan, but spent seven years in Chicago, Illinois. While there, he worked as a Sports Anchor at NCTV17, a Sports/News Reporter at Urban Broadcast Media and an Assistant Producer at WBBM-AM Newsradio — the No. 1-ranked news radio station in Chicago. He also made frequent guest appearances on WCIU's "The Jam" and The D & Davis Sports Radio Show at "670 The Score." He graduated from Oakland University — located in Rochester, Mich. — where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 2012 and then earned a Master of Arts from DePaul University in Chicago in 2014. He's the first person out of his immediate family to achieve the feat of earning a college degree — let alone two of them. He's extremely proud of that. Tezz has a strong love for the game of basketball. He played most of his life. It's his passion. He admits that he's a Kobe Bryant fan and believes the "Black Mamba" is the second greatest player of ALL TIME, hands down. In his spare time, Montezz loves to workout, travel, shop for the latest fashion and spend time with his family. Tezz is excited to be in Middle Georgia, and is looking to tell the best sports stories he possibly can. Don't hesitate to hit him up at