Blyweiss  is a longtime friend of Baltimore Boxing currently facing many serious medical issues.

Blyweiss is a longtime friend of Baltimore Boxing currently facing many serious medical issues.

Baltimore, MD (September 20, 2017) – The boxing community in Baltimore has come together in support of Baltimore Boxing Promotions’ “Punches and Prayers for Alan Blyweiss” fight card taking place at Michael’s Eighth Ave in Glen Burnie, MD Thursday, September 21.

This Olympic style boxing event is centered on raising funds and awareness for Alan Blyweiss. A good friend of Baltimore Boxing Promotions’ Jake Smith, Blyweiss is a former pro boxer, longtime sparring partner, trainer and gym owner suffering serious health issues.

In the last few years, Blyweiss had most of his small intestine removed, six hernia surgeries, a hip fusion and rods implanted in his spine. Additionally, his memory, speech and balance continue to rapidly declined. Doctors diagnosed him with Pugilistic Dementia in March 2016. Blyweiss is now under 24 hour care, takes many medications each day and requires regular appointments with different doctors.

To assist the Blyweiss family, Baltimore Boxing is hosting a 50/50 raffle and silent auction during fight night. Many current and former pro boxers including former world champion Vincent Pettway and contender turned trainer John Scully will be at Michael’s Eighth to offer their support.

“The local response for this card has been tremendous,” said Jake Smith. “When one of our own is in need, the boxing community does a great job of coming together. Alan mentored many fighters when he had his gym. It didn’t matter to him if you were throwing a jab for the first time or training for a pro fight because that’s just the kind of guy he is. Alan loves boxing at every level.”

Smith also hopes that “Punches and Prayers for Alan Blyweiss” will help his dear friend beyond the funds raised.

“In addition to the financial assistance through the raffle and silent auction, the best thing this event can do is make Alan smile. Each day is mentally, physically and emotionally draining for Alan. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get to enjoy boxing like he used to. It is my sincerest hope that being at the fights and around people from the boxing community will uplift his spirits.”

The card is topped by three exciting championship fights. The main event is an East Coast Heavyweight Championship bout between Baltimore Boxing’s Brian “Bam Bam” Haneschlager and Alexander Jefferson of Raleigh, NC. Deshawn “Soul Snatcher” Chase will face Alexander Jefferson for the East Coast Welterweight Championship and popular Clayton Frazier challenges Alfonso Michaelson of Cambridge, MD for the Maryland State Junior Middleweight title.

Individual tickets from $40, $60 VIP seats and $600 VIP tables of 10 are available by logging onto or calling 410-375-9175. All VIP ticketholders can enjoy complementary hors d’oeuvres and half price drinks from 6:30 until the start of the first fight at 8 pm.

Those unable to attend can donate to the Blyweiss family by going to

Melson will speak in front of the White House as part of a peaceful march Saturday, September 16.

Melson will speak in front of the White House as part of a peaceful march Saturday, September 16.

Brooklyn, NY (September 15, 2017) – New York District 11 Congressional candidate and retired pro boxer Boyd Melson will participate in the March to Protect American Democracy Saturday, September 16 in Washington, DC.

The march is organized by 4DPAC, a registered political action committee working to elect leaders believing in the value of progressive American leadership. Under President Trump’s lead, many believe America is being compromised by questionable foreign relationships.

The goal of the march is to raise awareness about President Trump’s interest in Russian support during the 2016 election as well as a threat of Russia hacking elections in 2018. Earlier this year, US intelligence caught Russian military officials bragging about disrupting the election. 4DPAC’s March to Protect American Democracy is strictly for awareness and not intended to call for President Trump’s impeachment.

Prior to the march, Melson and five other congressional candidates with national security backgrounds will speak for five minute each. The speeches take place on Pennsylvania Ave, directly in front of the White House. All attendees will receive preprinted signs and small American flags. Following the speeches, 4DPAC President Jim Arkedis will lead a march to the Russian Ambassadors house.

“As a proud American serving this country in the Army Reserves, there are a number of things I’ve seen during the last year that raise red flags,” said Melson, a Captain (promotable) who was picked up for Major earlier this week. “I owe it to the entire borough of Staten Island and the people of South Brooklyn to ensure that I represent their interests and protect their democracy. It is my responsibility to ensure that they as Americans, have every aspect of their American democracy protected the way the rest of our nation’s democracy must be protected. I was reached out to specifically by 4DPAC to serve as a guest speaker at this event after they were told of my speaking abilities. I immediately said yes as this is a necessity for the district I am running for a congressional seat in as well as a necessity for our entire country. I do not flinch in the eye of danger. I fight back. I am a fighter.”

Tri Star Boxing's card is part of  Tennessee State Fair September 15 in Nashville

Tri Star Boxing’s card is part of Tennessee State Fair September 15 in Nashville

Nashville, TN (September 11, 2017) – Junior flyweight Edwin Reyes will face his most experienced foe to date when he battles spoiler Armando “Chiquita” Vazquez in an eight round contest Friday, September 15 as part of “State Fair Boxing Showdown 2” from the Fairgrounds Sports Arena in Nashville.

The card is presented by Tri Star Boxing in association with Blue Chair Bay Rum and tickets can be purchased by going to

Originally from Guatemala, Reyes is 6-2-2 with five of those victories by knockout. His exciting style immediately made him a fan favorite in his hometown of Nashville, where he’s 4-0 with three KO’s.

Living and fighting out of Mexicali, Mexico, Vazquez has a record of 25-18-1 (6 KO’s). A pro for 12 years, Vazquez faced world champions Donnie Nietes and Brian Viloria along with nine undefeated fighters. He conquered three of the then unbeaten foes (5-0 Jose Luis Alvarado, 2-0-1 Pablo Cruz Ortega and 10-0-1 Ricardo Armenta) while also besting 10-1 Juan Carlos Hernandez.

Headlining the card is fellow Nashville transplant Sena “African Assassin” Agbeko versus Johnson City, TN’s Brad Austin in a six rounder for the Tennessee Light Heavyweight championship. Originally from Ghana, Agbeko has an impressive 18-1 ledger and 17 wins by knockout. With close to 40 bouts under his belt, Austin’s fought many top opponents including Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, Yunieski Gonzalez, Ismayl Sillah, Isiah Thomas and Edwin Rodriguez.

In a battle for the Tennessee State Welterweight crown, DeMarcus Rogers and Dedrick Bell will battle it out over six rounds. A native of Chattanooga, Rogers has 11 wins against only three defeats with four wins by KO. The Memphis bred Bell’s a veteran of 48 fights and virtually all of his losses came against world class opposition.

Middleweight rising star Winfred “Hot Boy” Harris Jr. travels from his boxing-crazed hometown of Detroit, MI to meet Tennessee based Cuban Yolexcy Leiva in a six round affair. Harris, 14-0 (8 KO’s), is only 22-years-old and coming off a career best win against highly regarded Lanardo Tyner. Having faced a number of quality fighters, Leiva owns a deceptive record of 5-6 with four knockouts. In 2012, he knocked out previously undefeated Benny Costantino (7-0) and is confident he’ll upset Harris.

Rounding out the card is debuting junior welterweight Eduardo Aguiar fighting Augusta, GA’s William Ware in a four rounder.

“We’ve had a few changes but I’m still very pleased with how this card looks heading into Friday,” said Tri Star Boxing’s Matt Young, who is also a firefighter in nearby Murfreesboro, TN. “Our plan is to keep building Nashville’s interest in local boxing and the best way to do that is showcasing talented fighters from the area. The Tennessee State Fair is a huge event and Tri Star Boxing’s goal is to provide affordable entertainment while creating new fans for the sweet science.”

Melson and Holyfield are teaming up to visit two local care centers.

Melson and Holyfield are teaming up to visit two local care centers.

Brooklyn, NY (September 4, 2017) – Retired boxer and NY-11 congressional candidate Boyd Melson and 2017 Boxing Hall of Fame inductee turned promoter Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield will visit two New York care centers this week.

On Tuesday, September 5, Melson and Holyfield are spending time with children at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). The world’s oldest and largest private cancer center, the MSKCC devoted more than 130 years to exceptional patient care, innovative research and outstanding educational programs. The visit is taking place at the main campus, located at 1275 York Avenue in New York, NY.

Two days later, the pair visits St. Albans Community Living Center in Queens, NY. Run by the Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System (VA NYHHS), St. Albans Community Living Center has 386 beds and provides extended care, primary care and housing for homeless veterans. The center also offers counseling and training for patients looking to return to independent living.

Melson, a selfless Army Public Affairs Officer from a military family, is looking forward to teaming up with a boxing legend while spending time with those in need.

“I have differing emotions here,” said Melson, who hopes to unseat Rep. Dan Donovan in the 2018 election. “My inner child is extremely excited because I remember the first fight I watched was Evander Holyfield against Riddick Bowe. My father would talk about Evander and his warrior heart every time he brought up boxing. Evander became my first favorite boxer. Now I am in my mid 30’s and he’s joining me to help raise the spirits of children with cancer and homeless veterans.”

Melson is also grateful for Holyfield’s willingness to join him in spending time with those in need.

“Never in a million years did I think I’d be doing this with somebody like Evander. I sincerely thank him for going with me to visit Sloan Kettering and my fellow Veterans that served in our nation’s armed forces but are now homeless. Between my parents, two siblings and myself, we have about 65 years of military service so helping the military is extremely important for me. I am also on the Advisory Board for the non-profit Stop Soldier Suicide.

For the Sloan Kettering visit, I’ve spent the past week trying to emotionally prepare to see innocent children suffering from cancer. These children are the truest of warriors with more bravery than anybody. They’ll be my greatest teachers on Tuesday. Children are the key to our future and veterans that represented this great country will forever have my gratitude.”

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Nashville, TN (August 30, 2017) – Fight night returns to Nashville when Tri Star Boxing presents “State Fair Boxing Showdown 2” Friday, September 15.

The six-fight card is in association with Blue Chair Bay Rum and takes place at the State Fairgrounds Sports Arena, located at 500 Wedgewood Lane in Nashville. Tickets from $25 can be purchased at

In the six round main event, Nashville based Ghanaian Sena “African Assassin” Agbeko meets Johnson City, TN’s Brad Austin for the Tennessee Light Heavyweight championship. The heavy-handed Agbeko has an excellent 18-1 record with 17 wins by knockout and looks for a fourth straight victory since his lone setback. A veteran of 37 fights, Austin’s faced many tough opponents including Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, Yunieski Gonzalez, Ismayl Sillah, Isiah Thomas and Edwin Rodriguez among others.

Junior flyweight knockout king Edwin Reyes, 6-2 (5 KO’s), faces a foe to be announced in the eight round co-feature. Originally from Guatemala and now residing in Nashville, six of Reyes’ last seven bouts have taken place in the Volunteer State.

DeMarcus Rogers and Dedrick Bell will square off in a six rounder for the Tennessee State Welterweight Championship. Chattanooga’s Rogers owns a solid 11-3-1 professional ledger with four victories by KO but will have his hands full with his Memphis based foe. Bell’s deceptive ledger is 18-29-1 (9 KO’s) but the majority of his defeats came against championship level fighters.

22-year-old middleweight Winfred Harris Jr. of Detroit, MI looks to run his record to 15-0 when he battles Tennessee based Cuban Yolexcy Leiva over six rounds. On June 23, Harris took a quantum leap in competition and impressively outpointed notoriously tough Lanardo Tyner. Leiva, 5-6 (4 KO’s), is expected to give Harris all he can handle having previously faced quality foes in Marcus Willis, Frank Galarza, Boyd Melson, Thomas Lamanna and Kanat Islam.

Additional undercard bouts include debuting light heavyweight Maidel Sando versus Justin Brown (0-1), and 140 pounder Eduardo Aguiar fighting for the first time against William Ware (2-5).

“It’s great to come back to Nashville,” said Tri Star Boxing’s Matt Young. “The city’s interest boxing has grown tremendously during the last few years. We’ve got a diverse and talented group of fighters on the card and it’s a great forum for them as well. The State Fair is a major event and we’re expecting a huge crowd on September 15.”