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 Baltimoreboxing.com 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 Baltimoreboxing.com

Melson, a retired professional boxer who is an Army Public Affairs Officer and Public Speaker, is speaking to students from two Brooklyn schools.

Melson, a retired professional boxer who is an Army Public Affairs Officer and Public Speaker, is speaking to students from two Brooklyn schools.


Brooklyn, NY (June 18, 2017) – 2018 Democratic Congressional Candidate Boyd Melson of Brooklyn will speak at two borough schools in the month of June.

Melson, who recently returned from active duty as a member of the US Army Reserves, begins his week Monday, June 19 at Bay Ridge’s P.S. 264. His young audience will consist of preschool and elementary students.

On Wednesday the 28th, Melson serves as the Keynote Speaker for Summit Academy Charter Middle School’s Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony, taking place at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Summit Academy is located in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn and is a nonprofit dedicated to preparing students for college life and beyond. Many of the students had rough upbringings however, Summit Academy has a 100 percent graduation rate for 2017. Earlier this year, Summit’s high school Class of 2017 garnered national attention after students received $1.6 million in scholarship funds from from Ellen DeGeneres and Walmart.

“The 2017 school year is coming to a close in New York City and words can’t express how much it means to me that two schools have invited me to come speak,” said Melson, who is running in New York’s 11th district, covering Staten Island & South Brooklyn. “Having the opportunity to positively influence students ranging from preschoolers to rising freshman is really special. The Summit Academy Charter School is a heartwarming success story. I’ve spoken at various functions to a wide range of audiences but I’ve never had a group like this before. Having the opportunity to be their Keynote Speaker and seeing 100 percent of the students graduate is nothing short of incredible.”

Supporters can help Boyd by joining him on his mission to get elected into office by going to https://secure.actblue.com/donate/boyd-melson-for-congress-1.

Melson will host a kickoff for his congressional campaign June 26

Melson will host a kickoff for his congressional campaign June 26


New York, NY (June 14, 2017) – Retired professional boxer, current public speaker, 2003 West Point graduate and Army Public Affairs Officer Boyd Melson will host a campaign kickoff reception Monday, June 26 for his congressional bid.

Melson, a democrat residing in Brooklyn, is running in the November 2018 election for New York’s 11th district, covering Staten Island & South Brooklyn. The reception takes place from 7-9 PM at 445 Lafayette St. Suite 16B New York, NY 10003. Special guests include actor Burt Young, TV producer and screenwriter Ira Steven Behr, QVC’s Sandra Bennett, Super Bowl XXV champion Odessa Turner and United Nations staffer Miriam Danar among others.

“The goal with the campaign kickoff goes far beyond helping me as a congressional candidate. This will help improve the future of those living in Staten Island & South Brooklyn,” said Melson, who currently runs a free weekly clinic on Staten Island to help men and women battling or overcoming any type of addiction. “Please spread the word and you can still help even if you’re not able to make it.”

Donation levels range from $100-$2700 and checks can be made payable to Boyd Melson for Congress. RSVP’S and questions can be directed to Shelby Kestler at Shelby@maysondixon.com.

Those unable to attend can help Boyd by joining him on his mission to get elected into office by going to https://secure.actblue.com/donate/boyd-melson-for-congress-1.

Wallace battled the awkward Clark to a six round majority draw PHOTO CREDIT: Mike Greenhill

Wallace battled the awkward Clark to a six round majority draw Friday, May 12
PHOTO CREDIT: Mike Greenhill


A draw. The first blemish on my record. It’s not a loss, but boy does it feel like it to me.

To say I’m disappointed in my performance Friday night is an understatement. I let myself get frustrated and let my emotions take my focus off from the fight. Multiple times my opponent came forward with his head, put his head beneath my waistline and held me. Instead of staying focused and doing what I needed to do, I found myself over and over again complaining to the referee.

There are no excuses. This is a part of the game. Sometimes things aren’t going to go your way in that ring, but I have to do better at staying focused and keeping my composure and handling business. This was definitely a learning experience for me and my hat goes off to my opponent Gregory Clark for being a smart fighter. My story is far from over though. In fact, I think things just got interesting…stay tuned.

Wallace, a surprise standout at the regional Olympic Qualifiers and unbeaten pro,  fights Friday at Michael's Eighth Ave in Glen Burnie, MD

Wallace, a surprise standout at the regional Olympic Qualifiers and unbeaten pro, fights Friday at Michael’s Eighth Ave in Glen Burnie, MD

Some of you may not know me, but you will – I am “Dangerous” Donald Wallace & I am a boxer!

My goal is to be remembered as one of the best boxers ever. I know that road will not be easy, and I will have to work, I will have to put all of my blood, sweat and tears into it and when I have nothing left to give…give more.

People always ask me, why boxing? I always got decent grades in school, I even skipped the second grade in Elementary School. I got accepted into decent colleges, I’m by no means incapable of doing other things. So why boxing? “Boxing is a poor man’s sport,” they say. I tell them, it’s just a love for the fight game.

It’s something about the smell of the fresh leather as you lace your gloves up before a fight, something about the roar of the crowd as your name is called and you approach the ring, something about seeing those bright lights shine down on that ring, something about knowing that everything you’ve worked hard for in that gym is about to come to fruition that is satisfying to me beyond comparison.

See unlike other sports, boxing is different. You can be a freak athlete, like a LeBron James in basketball or an Adrian Peterson in football, but at the end of the day no matter how hard you worked, no matter how much time you put in, the rest of your team can let you down. In boxing it’s all you, if you work hard in that gym, put the time in on the road, you have a good enough chin of course and a will to win, you can.

I fight for the young kids growing up in the city like I did to see that they don’t have to fall victim to the streets. That there is always another way out. Boxing is the sweet science, and I’m just one of many mad scientist to fall in love with it. Follow my journey to be remembered as one of the best ever.

Wallace headlines Baltimore Boxing’s “Mayday Mayday” Friday, at Michael’s Eighth Ave May 12 in Glen Burnie, MD and tickets can be purchased on Baltimoreboxing.com or calling 410-375-9175