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.”

For more information on Melson, please visit www.BoydMelson.com. To learn more about Real Deal Promotions, go to www.therealdealboxing.com.

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 tristarboxing.com/tickets.

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.”

A former pro boxer, longtime sparring partner and boxing trainer, Blyweiss has a number of severe medical issues and growing medical bills.

A former pro boxer, longtime sparring partner and boxing trainer, Blyweiss has a number of severe medical issues and growing medical bills.


Baltimore, MD (August 29, 2017) – Jake Smith’s Baltimore Boxing Promotions is bringing a truly special evening of Olympic style boxing while assisting a member of the boxing community in need with “Punches and Prayers for Alan Blyweiss” Thursday, September 21 from Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD.

A longtime friend of Baltimore Boxing Promotions’ Jake Smith, Blyweiss had more than 80 amateur fights and a brief pro career but made waves as a sparring partner. He also owned a gym in Palmyra, PA where he trained fighters of all ages and skill levels, but was forced to close it due to his rapidly declining health.

Currently, Blyweiss has massive medical bills and life is a daily struggle. In the last few years, he had six hernia surgeries, two-thirds of his small intestine removed, medical rods placed in his spine and a hip fusion. In March 2016, he was diagnosed with Pugilistic Dementia. His memory is severely impacted, speech has slowed and he fell many times at his home due to poor balance. Currently, he requires 24 hour care, takes various medications and makes regular visits to doctors offices and hospitals.

“Alan has been a great friend of mine for many years,” said Jake Smith. “He’s a guy that truly loves this sport. To Alan, having his own gym and guiding young fighters, some who became solid pros, was the ultimate reward. It is heartbreaking to see him physically and mentally struggling. He’s a great guy that had a lot of unfortunate things happen to him in a short period of time. Please make sure to come out on the 21st to support a man that gave so much to the sport of boxing.”

To help raise funds for Blyweiss’ growing medical bills, Baltimore Boxing Promotions is hosting a 50/50 raffle and silent auction. Former contender turned top trainer John “Iceman” Scully and various local boxers will also be on hand to meet fans throughout the evening.

Those unable to attend can donate to the Blyweiss family by going to https://www.gofundme.com/blyweiss.

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

Fans will get to enjoy an all around special evening of action as Baltimore Boxing will have three title fights on the card.

This title triple header is topped by the East Coast Heavyweight Championship clash between Baltimore Boxing’s Brian “Bam Bam” Haneschlager and Alexander Jefferson of Raleigh, NC. The hard-hitting Haneschlager is a big local draw and looks to capture another title in front of his adoring fans.

Deshawn Chase and Alexander Jefferson will meet for the East Coast Welterweight Championship while the Maryland State Junior Middleweight title is up for grabs when Baltimore Boxing’s very own Clayton Frazier faces Alfonso Michaelson of Cambridge, MD.

Additional fights will be announced shortly.

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BOXING CHAMPION BOYD MELSON LAUNCHED CAMPAIGN FOR CONGRESS IN NEW YORK’S 11TH DISTRICT

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.

For more information on the campaign, please visit : www.boydmelson.com

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 www.HeroesSports.org.

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.”