The best middleweight in the world is fighting this week.

In fact, he’ll be headlining a show in Las Vegas against a twice-beaten opponent.

But no, his name is not Canelo Alvarez


Falcao looks to avenge a controversial 2011 loss in the World Series of Boxing when he meets Pearson May 2

Falcao looks to avenge a controversial 2011 loss in the World Series of Boxing when he meets Pearson May 2

Plant City, FL (April 15, 2019) – WBC Latino middleweight champion Yamaguchi Falcao will defend his belt against Chris Pearson Thursday, May 2 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

Falcao-Pearson is scheduled for ten rounds and will air live on DAZN. The bout headlines an outstanding evening of boxing brought to you by Golden Boy Promotions. Tickets from $15 are on sale by calling 702-693-5000 or online at

The two met in 2011 as part of the international amateur boxing event World Series of Boxing with Pearson winning a highly controversial split decision.

Fighting out of Plant City, FL by way of Sao Mateus, Brazil, Falcao captured a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics and is ranked #9 in the world by the World Boxing Council. As a pro, the skilled southpaw’s compiled a 16-0 record with 7 wins by knockout. Falcao was slated to fight Paul Mendez March 9 in New York but the bout was cancelled at the last minute due to issues with Mendez’ medicals.

During the last year and a half, Falcao’s repeatedly expressed his willingness to face any of the world’s best 160 pound fighters but must first get past a quality opponent.

Living and fighting out of Trotwood, OH, the hard-hitting Pearson has an excellent professional ledger of 16-2 (12 KO’s). The 28-year-old is no stranger to fighting on big platforms, most notably appearing on the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao PPV where he defeated Said El Harrak. After a setback against highly rated Justin DeLoach, he’s won his last two bouts by knockout and looks to make it three straight against Falcao.

“I am extremely grateful to be fighting on this platform,” said Falcao, who became a father last month. “It was heartbreaking when the Mendez fight fell apart on such short notice because I was looking forward to welcoming my son Roberto into this world after I beat Mendez but everything happens for a reason.”

He’s also pleased he’ll have a shot at redemption May 2.

“This fight is very personal to me. I’m planning to knock Chris out because he did not beat me the first time – the judges handed it to him! This is an even bigger opportunity than the Mendez fight because its two days before Canelo vs Danny Jacobs and now when I return home, baby Roberto will be waiting for me. This is my time to shine and show the world
I’m a problem in the middleweight division!”

Fans can interact with Falcao on Instagram @YamaguchiFalcao.

New York, NY (March 12, 2019) – Retired junior middleweight boxer and Army Public Affairs Officer Boyd Melson will be honored by Rev Maggie M. Howard and Evangelist Maime E. Daniels at the Martin Luther King Jr. “Manifesting the Power of a Dream” banquet.

This special evening takes place Friday, April 5 from 7-11 PM at the Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island, NY. Tickets are available by calling 718-749-2933 or 347-542-3272. Tickets are $100 each and all of the money will benefit the Stapleton UMAE Church. Tickets must be purchased by March 15.

During his 18 fight professional career, West Point graduate Boyd Melson, donated every penny he earned in the ring with the majority of his donations going directly to spinal cord injury research. Between his fight purses, private donations and charity galas, the former WBC-USNBC 154 pound champion helped raise more than $400,000 through the nonprofit he co-founded TEAM FIGHT TO WALK.

Melson continues to give back to the Staten Island community by running a free KNOCK OUT ADDICTION weekly boxing clinic for people battling or overcoming addiction on Staten Island. These clinics are run out of Demarco’s Boxing Gym.

After retiring from boxing in 2016, Melson ran for Congress in New York’s 11th district, covering Staten Island and South Brooklyn. Melson, a Major in the United States Army Reserve, volunteered to deploy to the Middle East last year in order for a soldier to stay behind and take a different Army assignment that would benefit her family. As a result, he was forced to withdraw from the campaign.

During his campaign, he visited Stapleton UAME Church where he met Rev. Howard. Melson noticed that Howard was having a difficult time walking. She told Melson her cholesterol medicine had an adverse effect which caused muscular issues. This preventing Howard from walking.

Melson forged a friendship with Howard and suggested she try boxing to strengthen her body. The two worked together weekly with Melson holding boxing pads for the Reverend to punch from a seated position. After helping her build her strength up, Howard is now able to walk with limited assistance.

“Boyd is a wonderful man,” said Howard. “He exemplifies Dr. King’s community service model and encouraging others.”

“What do you say when you have a leader in the community tell you that she believes that Dr. King would be proud of the life you have chosen to live – what do you say,” asked Melson. “What did I say when she said this, absolutely nothing. The waterworks began. She will tell you. I couldn’t speak. I just began crying. Then I told her I don’t know if I have earned this. I have also hurt a lot of people in my life chasing my visions to help people. Then she said that she is sure Dr. King hurt people also while trying to help people, but if your intentions are pure, then sometimes you hurt people accidentally; it’s called life. This honor along with being named in 2014 as the WBC Ambassador of Peace are the two most important honors I have ever received. I don’t care what people say. I have a lot more to live up to in order to earn a recognition with Dr. King’s names before it. Dr. Martin Luther King my God, I have a lifetime left of work I need to do to live up to this. I am often asked why I’m the way I am. I always say it is because of my parents. My father will be delivering a keynote speech at the banquet, and all in attendance will understand why I am the way I am. My father told me when I was three years-old I was created to shine a light that helps others stand in the dark. That I was created to suffer in order to help others stop suffering. The power of suggestion, at any age, especially coming from a male figure to any child, is what creates hope for a future adult. I am because of my mother and father. I am shaped because of my daddy.”

Falcao, who will become a father next week, will not fight March 9 after his opponent Paul Mendez failed a pre fight medical.

Falcao, who will become a father next week, will not fight March 9 after his opponent Paul Mendez failed a pre fight medical.

Verona, NY (March 8, 2019) – The middleweight contest between WBC #8 Yamaguchi Falcao and California’s Paul Mendez was cancelled by the Oneida Indian Nation Athletic Commission due to an undisclosed issue with Mendez’ pre-fight medicals.

The matchup was scheduled to take place Saturday, March 9 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino as part of a DAZN broadcast.

“We’re extremely disappointed,” said Falcao’s manager Jody Caliguire of Fire Fist Boxing. “This was an important fight on a big platform for Yama. Unfortunately there was not enough time to get a replacement opponent and Team Falcao sends their best wishes to Mendez.”

Falcao, who is expecting his first child next week, is frustrated over the cancellation following an intense training camp.

“I had a great camp and was looking forward to celebrating a victory with my wife Juliana and our firstborn child. I apologize to all my fans but this is out of my control. I was willing to fight anybody in the world, even on short notice. I’m hoping to fight again soon because I know I’m one of the best in the world at 160 pounds.”

Fans can follow Falcao on Instagram @YamaguchiFalcao.

Falcao faces Mendez as part of a world title double header on DAZN

Falcao faces Mendez as part of a world title double header on DAZN

Plant City, FL (February 27, 2019) – Unbeaten and WBC #8 rated middleweight Yamaguchi Falcao will meet IBA champion Paul Mendez in a ten round contest Saturday, March 9 at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.

The Falcao-Mendez bout airs as part of a world title doubleheader on DAZN featuring WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitriy Bivol defending his title against Joe Smith Jr. and WBO junior welterweight kingpin Maurice Hooker against Mikkel LesPierre.

Tickets from $49 are on sale by calling the Turning Stone box office or at

Hailing from Sao Paulo, Brazil but now living and fighting out of Plant City, FL, Falcao’s a perfect 16-0 with 7 wins by knockout. In his most recent bout, the skilled southpaw bested world rated Elias Espadas over ten rounds. A bronze medalist at the 2012 Olympics, Falcao’s eager to challenge the world’s best 160 pound fighters but faces a tough test in Mendez.

“March 9 is the start of what will be a great year and I expect to face the best version of Paul Mendez,” said Falcao. “I’ve been challenging all the best at 160 pounds and none have stepped up to the plate yet. The plan is to put on a great performance and show the world that I’m ready for the world’s best middleweights.”

Born and raised in Delano, CA, Mendez’ has an excellent 20-3-2 record with 10 knockouts. He owns a decision victory over longtime contender David Lopez and battled future champion Dmitrii Churdinov to a draw. On January 26, Mendez stopped veteran Israel Ornelas in three rounds.

“Falcao is the future of the middleweight division,” said Eric Gomez, President of Golden Boy Promotions. “This fight is another step towards his desired goal of becoming a world champion, we’re grateful that it will be presented by our partners at DAZN.”

“We are very thankful that Golden Boy Promotions is providing this great opportunity on DAZN” said Falcao’s manager Jody Caliguire of Fire Fist Boxing. “Team Falcao is extra motivated not only to be seen by fans all across the world on DAZN but also because on the same card there are two world title fights. Yama has what it takes to be a world champion and Mendez is a very good pro in his own right so we’re making sure to be on point come March 9.”

Fans can interact with Falcao on Instagram @YamaguchiFalcao.