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STATEN ISLAND — Today, Boyd Melson, former WBC USNBC champion, 2008 Olympic alternate, and Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, publicly launched his campaign for Congress against Republican Dan Donovan. The campaign released a video to mark the announcement which highlights Melson’s dedication to helping others through his service to our country, his passion and commitment to finding a cure for spinal cord injuries, and the personal struggle and vow he made to help those struggling with drug addiction.

Melson’s deep passion for helping others motivated his stalwart advocacy and support for spinal cord research. He donated all of his professional boxing winnings and worked to raise a combined total of nearly $400,000 to fund research to cure spinal cord injuries. Melson has continued to support the non- profit he co-founded “TEAM FIGHT TO WALK” and has also taken on a new challenge—raising awareness about opiate and opioid addiction. He has donated earnings from fights to a non-profit which aims to defeat drug addictions among young adults and he conducts a weekly free boxing clinic on Staten Island for any resident in the borough who is battling a drug addiction.

“I’ve spent my entire life fighting—for people I love, for causes I believe in, and for this country,” said Melson. “I want to represent those who live on Staten Island and in South Brooklyn because I can be their Champion and make sure their voices, needs, and concerns are heard throughout the halls of Congress.”

Melson, who is mixed with Louisiana Creole and Jewish, is a native New Yorker who spent most of his childhood in South Brooklyn and Staten Island. After graduating from High School, he earned an appointment at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, following in the footsteps of his family to serve his country. While at West Point, Melson was quickly recognized as a skilled pugilist and racked up many achievements, including his winning of the National Collegiate Boxing Association National Championship.

“The struggle that so many people here in New York, in this district, and all over the country are facing every day is tragic,” said Melson. I understand the challenges and barriers individuals with a drug addiction face and I want to do everything I can to help them. Ramping up law enforcement part of the solution, but by itself, is not the solution. We need to tackle this issue by helping people and giving them the resources they need to get healthy.”

Melson filed paperwork to run for Congress in April. For four weeks spanning from May to June following Melson’s filing, he was away on Active Duty orders serving at Fort Huachuca in Arizona. His campaign raised more than $50,000 in the second quarter of the year.

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Melson is volunteering three days to help others and participate in a fundraising softball game.

Melson is volunteering three days to help others and participate in a fundraising softball game.

Staten Island, NY (August 2, 2017) – 2018 Democratic Congressional candidate Boyd Melson, a West Point graduate, retired professional boxer and Captain in the Army Reserve, is dedicating three days from his busy schedule to help others in Staten Island and beyond.

The 35-year-old, who is running in New York’s 11th district, is known for his selflessness. He regularly speaks to students of all ages, volunteers to run a free weekly boxing clinic on Staten Island at DeMarco’s Boxing Club for people battling or overcoming addiction and assists with various charitable causes.

On Thursday, August 3, Melson is volunteering to help Staten Island youths battling addiction. Melson, through the help of his network and assistance from Staten Island based organization Tackling Youth Substance Abuse (TYSA), arranged a full day of events for select youths on Staten Island trying to knock out their drug addictions. This free of charge event begins in the morning, where he’ll take roughly 15 teenagers to Breezy Point in Brooklyn. The trip to the beach at Breezy will involve swimming in the ocean, participating in guided meditation and team building events. Later that day, he’ll lead them to the Bronx for a tour of Yankee Stadium.

The next day, he returns to Staten Island to organize and play in the Heroes vs Legends Charity Softball Game at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, home to the Staten Island Yankees. The full day, which has two charity games followed by the SI Yankees against the Aberdeen Ironbirds, helps raise money for families of injured soldiers. Melson played in this game in 2015 when the World Boxing Council asked him to attend as their representative during the game. He was originally invited to play on the Celebrity (Legends) team, but asked for the privilege to play for the Heroes instead.

The Heroes team is made up of Veterans who earned Purple Hearts in combat. This year he’ll once again play for the Heroes team. The event is presented by Heroes Sports, a 501(c) (3) providing organized support and sporting activities for veterans. All staff members are volunteers and 100% of all donations go straight to veteran support. More information on Heroes Sports can be found at

The morning of Saturday, August 5, Melson is going to Ten Mile River (TMR) Boy Scout Camping Grounds and will serve as the keynote speaker for their 90th anniversary celebration. An Eagle Scout himself, Melson began his life in scouting at the age of 5 as a Cub Scout and earned his Eagle Scout rank during his plebe (freshman) year at West Point.

Melson camped at TMR’s Camp Keowa for 5 years as a Cub Scout and then at Camp Aquehonga for 4 years as a Boy Scout. He worked as a counselor at Aquehonga for two summers as well before reporting to West Point. There will be over 400 campers and Boy Scout leaders in attendance at the TMR 90th anniversary. Melson vividly remembers the annual Jamboree and Ghost-o-ree events that took place at Camp Pouch.

“What more can I ask for,” said the jubilated Melson. “I was put on this earth to help serve humanity. This is what I was built for. I am very thankful to all of the individuals who go to bat for me helping me help others. There is nothing more important to me than helping children. I have turned my full focus on helping knock out addiction on Staten Island.”

“I need to start with helping the children on Staten Island who have fallen to the disease known as drug addiction. Through the help of my publicist Matt Yanofsky, we were able to get in touch with the former NBA star Rex Chapman and he’s flying in Thursday to spend the day with these children. I need these children to understand how loved they are and that even former NBA players and the NY Yankees are behind them knocking out their addictions.”

“As for the softball game, my commitment to helping improve the lives of Veterans is second to none. There are 24,000 Veterans that live on Staten Island. I am committed to helping each and every single one that I can. I hope I’m able to lead by example and show how much can be accomplished with hard work and love. I am in the community on Staten Island every day and I am not of the constitution where I sit around and wait for any entity to help those who need help when I’m capable of using my ability to personally assist. I am the best version of myself when I am fighting to help improve the lives of those around me. We can do this Staten Island because We Are Strong Now and I living daily in your corner.”

Baltimore Boxing returns to Michael's Eighth Ave July 13 and will honor late local legend Murray Smith Sr.

Baltimore Boxing returns to Michael’s Eighth Ave July 13 and will honor late local legend Murray Smith Sr.

Baltimore, MD (July 10, 2017) – Chauncey “Grimm” Fields will look for revenge when he steps in to face Jessie Nicklow in an eight round super middleweight contest Thursday, July 13 at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD.

Fighting out of Virginia, Fields dropped a decision to Nicklow in January and has since battled Gabriel Pham (7-1) and world title contender Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan. With the additional experience under his belt, Fields believes he’ll beat Nicklow this time around.

The popular Nicklow has traveled across the globe to fight the best of the best but is always a Maryland fighter at heart. The 30-year-old Baltimore Native is 26-8-3 as a professional and has eight victories via kayo. If he defeats Fields, Nicklow will look to face another top foe in the near future.

$45 advance general admission, $65 ringside, $100 individual VIP seats and a limited number of $1000 VIP tables of 10 are on sale now at or by calling 410-375-9175. All VIP ticket holders can enjoy food and drinks prior to the first fight. Doors open at 6:30 and the opening bell will sound at 8:30.

In association with the fight card, Baltimore Boxing will pay homage to Murray “Bushwhacker” Smith. A fixture in Baltimore who promoted various events and the father of Jake Smith, Murray passed away in 2013.
Middleweight “Dangerous” Donald Wallace looks for his third win when he meets Zarifbek Nishanbaev over four rounds in the co-featured bout of the evening. Wallace, 2-0-1 (1 KO), has improved tremendously and Baltimore Boxing has high hopes for him. Born in Kyrgyzstan and now residing in Virginia, Nishanbaev is 2-1 with 1 KO.

Glenarden, MD junior welterweight Dravontay Speed Rawls, 8-0-1 (6 KO’s), looks to stay unbeaten but will have his hands full when he challenges Newark, NJ’s Dion Richardson in a six round contest. Speed Rawls has impressed thus far as a pro but Richardson is fresh off a first round knockout of previously unbeaten hometown favorite Scott Kelleher on June 2.

Ernest “Lighting Bug” Hall of Baltimore will attempt to raise his professional ledger to 3-0 when he meets Washington, DC’s Tyrone Wright, 2-2 in a four rounder.

“We’ve got some very evenly matched fights,” said Smith, a member of the Maryland and Washington DC Boxing Hall of Fames. “Jessie is facing an opponent that made him work hard the last time they fought while Donald is going to have his hands full as well. Speed Rawls is taking the biggest test of his career against a fighter that just scored a first round knockout of a hometown fighter and Wright will be a good test for Hall. Please make sure to come out Thursday, July 13. You won’t be disappointed.”

The card will also have amateur bouts including local standouts Brian “Bam Bam” Haenschlager, Clayton Frazier and Deshawn “Soulsnatcher” Chase. For more information, visit

Wallace returns to the ring Thursday, July 13 at Michael's Eighth Ave in Glen Burnie PHOTO CREDIT: Mike Greenhill

Wallace returns to the ring Thursday, July 13 at Michael’s Eighth Ave in Glen Burnie
PHOTO CREDIT: Mike Greenhill

This is it. Six days left until I get my redemption. July 13th at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, it’s going down.

I took a different approach to training for this fight. I learned in my last fight, that I need to take control of the fight and of the outcome of the fight. Regardless of what my opponent is doing, I need to stay composed and in control. I’ve noticed something about myself, when I’m focused and motivated I have the ability to compete at a very high level. I’ve been sparring with two amazing fighters, one being veteran middleweight Jessie Nicklow (26-8-3, 8KOs) who has been in the ring with a lot of great fighters, and up-and-coming prospect Immanuwel Aleem (17-0-1, 10KOs) and he is one hell of a fighter.

Both of them have been helping me a lot with figuring out what I need to fix and work on if I want to get to the top of this division one day and compete. Honestly, after my last fight I was a bit hard on myself, and I felt like I let myself and a lot of people down, this hurt my motivation a bit at first and then it fueled my fire and passion to learn and get better at this sport.

I will be one of the best ever when it’s all said and done, and I know that is a bold bold statement, coming from a guy who has only 3 professional fights and coming off of a draw, but as you all will see in the weeks, months, and years to come, I’m going to back that statement up.

I don’t know who my opponent is for this next fight, and honestly I am not worried about it. I’m going to go in this fight and control it and impose my will from the very opening bell. I’ve decided to wear the same uniform that I wore in my last fight. It just feels right, like me and that outfit have something to prove, like we left something in the ring and we have to get back in there and reclaim it.

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Baltimore Boxing returns to Michael's Eighth Ave July 13 and will honor late local legend Murray Smith Sr.

Baltimore Boxing returns to Michael’s Eighth Ave July 13 and will honor late local legend Murray Smith Sr.

Baltimore, MD (June 23, 2017) – Baltimore Pro Boxing will pay tribute to the late Murray “Bushwacker” Smith Sr. when they return to Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD Thursday, July 13th for an exciting pro-am fight card.

$45 general admission, $65 ringside, $100 individual VIP seats and a limited number of $1000 VIP tables of 10 are on sale now at or by calling 410-375-9175. All VIP ticketholders can enjoy food and drinks prior to the first fight. Doors open at 6:30 and the opening bell will sound at 8:30.

The father of Baltimore Boxing Owner Jake Smith, Murray Smith Sr. was a lifelong fixture in Baltimore and promoted various events. He passed away in 2013 after battling melanoma. Baltimore Boxing will honor him during the evening.

Headlining will Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow against Sherman Artis in an eight round super middleweight contest.

Living and fighting out of Baltimore, Nicklow has an outstanding 26-8-3 record with 8 wins by knockout and is unbeaten in his home state of Maryland. He’s also traveled to face many of the world’s best including former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Ryota Murata and top ranked Sergiy Derevyanchenko among others. In January, Nicklow impressively outpointed previously unbeaten Chauncey Fields.

A Severn, MD native, Artis enters the bout riding a wave of confidence. On March 30, Artis knocked down previously unbeaten local favorite Steve Wheeler en route to a unanimous decision victory. Artis’ team is confident their fighter will defeat Nicklow then move onto and better things.

Fast rising middleweight “Dangerous” Donald Wallace looks to rebound from a controversial draw in May but will have another tough task at hand when he meets Statesville, NC’s Shane Peterson. Wallace, 2-0-1 (1 KO), has received great praise locally for his development and Baltimore Boxing has high hopes for the 23-year-old. Peterson, 2-1 (2 KO’s), is fresh off a vicious first round stoppage of 4-0 Stephon Morris June 17 in Baltimore.

Wallace-Peterson is scheduled for four rounds.

Bantamweight standout Alexandru Marin is slated to see action in an eight round affair. Originally from Iasi, Romania and residing in Bethesda, MD, Marin is 13-0 with 9 KO’s. In June 2016, Marin scored a career best victory, knocking out once-beaten Johnny Determan in three rounds to capture the IBO International title.

Glenarden, MD junior welterweight Dravontay Speed Rawls, 8-0-1 (6 KO’s) will appear in a six round bout against iron-chinned fight veteran Matt Murphy of St. Louis, MO.

Baltimore Junior lightweight Ernest “Lighting Bug” Hall, 2-0 (1 KO) is stepping up to his first six rounder and will do so against an opponent to be named.

The card will also have amateur bouts including local standouts Brian “Bam Bam” Haenschlager, Clayton Frazier and Deshawn “Soulsnatcher” Chase. For more information, visit