Pro boxer Maliek Montgomery still chasing greatness despite coronavirus pandemic

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) –  Pro boxer and Macon native Maliek Montgomery is still putting in work at the gym amid all of the confusion and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus.

As the saying goes, if you stay ready you don’t have to get ready. Maliek understands that. Through all the turmoil, plus the suspension of sports, he’s still chasing greatness. Most importantly, he’s looking at the glass half-full, not half-empty.

“It does nothing but give me more time to prepare. And really give me more time to get better. Get more precise with my shots and stuff like that.”

Maliek says he’s still going to take the proper precautions, but he’s not going to let the coronavirus stop his ability to train. He also says he absolutely refuses to let the virus touch his work ethic.

“The drive is the same, man. Even with everything going on with the virus, and all that. I’m still day in and day out, working hard 24/7 to get better at my craft.”

However, the reality for now is that the virus has navigated its way into the boxing world too, postponing all of Maliek’s matches, which means it’s definitely hit home in some way, shape or form.

“Before the virus really took off and they started cancelling everything, I had some potential fights coming up. I was supposed to fight this month and next month that I know for sure. All of the fights got cancelled. I was supposed to be traveling out to Vegas for a training camp. They shut down all that.”

Maliek is 4-0 with four knockouts in his professional career. He still has a long way to go. And like thousands of athletes, his season has been cut short too.

But, he has a message for those who need a little encouragement.

“Just stick to it, man. Just stick to it. Keep pushing. Don’t let stuff stop you, yeah, just keep to it. Be safe, but stay pushing.”

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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 mallen@41nbc.com.