Melson to receive Ambassador of Peace Award!

Posted: 14th December 2014 by knockout in Press Releases

New York, NY (December 14, 2014) – Junior middleweight boxer and charitable figure Captain Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson will receive the Ambassador of Peace Award from the World Boxing Council (WBC) during their annual convention Monday, December 15 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Since turning pro in 2010, Melson’s garnered international attention for donating 100% of his fight purses and raising awareness about bringing trials to the United States to help cure Spinal Cord Injuries. Along with best friend Christan Zaccagnino, Melson founded Team Fight to Walk and recruited many notable boxers to join the fight to cure paralysis. During the last two years, Team Fight to Walk hosted charity galas titled “Fighting for the Cure” to help raise additional funds for the pending trials. Due to their tireless efforts with Team Fight to Walk, Melson and Zaccagnino have been featured by many major media outlets.

A 2003 graduate of West Point Academy with a full schedule outside of the squared circle, Melson serves the United States as an Army Reserve Officer and is also a motivational speaker.

“This is an honor and a blessing,” Melson said of the award he’ll be receiving. “When I turned pro, my plan was to raise as much money and awareness as possible with the ultimate goal being that Christan walks again. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be in Las Vegas on behalf of Team Fight to Walk receiving the same award many boxing greats did in years past”

“The World Boxing Council has been an incredible supporter of Team Fight to Walk, Christan and I. They attended our gala, donated memorabilia for us to auction and honored me at their WBC Cares event in 2012. On behalf of Team Fight to Walk, I’d like to give an extra special thanks to the WBC’s Jill Diamond. She has gone above and beyond to assist with our efforts in bringing clinical trials to the United States that can help cure Spinal Cord Injuries.”

Team Fight to Walk is comprised of Melson, Zaccagnino, former NBA All-Star Anthon Mason, former Rutgers football player/ESPY honoree Eric LeGrand, two division world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams, former NBA All-Star Anthony Mason, two-time cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham, Austin “No Doubt” Trout, title contender DeAndre “The Bull” Latimore, Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana, Sonya Lamonakis, Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr., WBO Junior Middleweight titlist/2008 US Olympian Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade and fellow 08’ Olympian Shawn Estrada along with prospects Sid “The Messenger” El Harrak, Jeff “TNT” Spencer, Denis “Da Momma’s Boy” Douglin, Will “Power” Rosinsky, Floriano “Italiano” Pagliara, Danny “Little Mac” McDermott, Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien, Ahmed “Prince of Egypt” Samir and Delen “Sniper” Parsley.

For more information on Team Fight to Walk or to donate, go to All questions about Team Fight to Walk or Spinal Cord Injuries can be emailed to

Paul Williams Joins Team Fight to Walk

Posted: 7th December 2014 by knockout in Press Releases

New York, NY (December 7, 2014) – Three time world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams is the newest member of Team Fight to Walk.

A fixture on the pound for pound lists and a fan favorite, Williams had an outstanding 41-2 record with 27 wins by knockout. Williams, a two-division titlist, became paralyzed from the waist down following a motorcycle accident in May 2012. Even after becoming a paraplegic from the accident, Williams maintained his signature smile and a great attitude.

Recently, Williams connected with Team Fight to Walk co-founder Boyd Melson in New York City, where he helped Williams find speaking engagements. During their time together, Melson took Williams to Rutgers University to meet Dr. Wise Young. He showed Williams patients treated during clinical trials in China. Williams saw the patients walking following a surgical procedure that enabled their axons to regenerate. Young is planning to conduct the same trials next year in the United States. Amazed by what he saw, Williams immediately joined Team Fight to Walk.

“Being a member of Team Fight to Walk is an incredible feeling,” said Williams. “Regardless of how I felt, people were telling me that I was never going to walk again but after meeting Boyd and Dr. Wise Young, you can’t tell me anything! I saw people with Spinal Cord Injuries walking again and their cords regrowing. It’s amazing how God works because he brought all of us together and I’m confident as ever that I’ll walk again.”

Melson is also overjoyed about having Williams on board and knew it was only a matter of time until the two connected.

“From the day I heard about Paul’s accident, I tried to get in touch and let him know there was hope. Thankfully, we were able to connect and I showed him the incredible results from Dr. Young’s clinical trial in China. He’s an important member of the boxing world who can help our outreach tremendously. Like (Team Fight to Walk founder) Christan (Zaccagnino), Paul’s life changed in a split second but now he knows that results of trials overseas means there’s plenty of hope for both of them. I believe that Christan and Paul will walk again once the clinical trials take place in the United States.”

For more information on Team Fight to Walk or to donate, go to Fans can contact Paul on Twitter @1paulwilliams. All questions about Team Fight to Walk or Spinal Cord Injuries can be emailed to

Baltimore Boxing to Donate Turkeys for Thanksgiving

Posted: 24th November 2014 by knockout in Press Releases

Baltimore, MD (November 23, 2014) – Jake Smith and Baltimore Boxing Promotions will spend Thanksgiving Eve handing out turkeys to feed the homeless.

Along with a number of the boxers competing Saturday evening at the Myers Pavilion as part of an anti-bullying themed card and his sponsors, Smith is stopping by numerous Baltimore area shelters to assist those in need.

“Having a nice meal on Thanksgiving is something we all take for granted,” said Smith, who has assisted various causes throughout the beltway region in association with his fight cards. “There are a lot of people out there that can’t afford food and don’t have a roof over their head. Nobody deserves that, especially during the holidays. Thanks to generous help from my friends at Regi’s Bistro, we’re going to do everything possible to ensure everybody in need has a Happy Thanksgiving.”

Tickets to Baltimore Boxing’s next card are available on or by calling 410-375-9175.

Baltimore, MD (November 6, 2014) – Jake Smith’s Baltimore Boxing Promotions will host an evening of Olympic-style boxing and anti-bullying awareness Saturday, November 29 at the Myers Pavilion in Baltimore.

Headlining the card is the East Coast middleweight title bout between Rashad Kilpatrick of Washington, DC and Baltimore Boxing’s very own Donald Wallace. In the co-feature, Maryland State junior middleweight champion Allen Burris defends his title against an opponent to be named. In a special featured bout, multi-time champion Joey “Bazooka Joe” Veazy meets Jessie Singletary, while Ernie “Lightning Bug” Hall, Melad Attashy and Arno Young are all scheduled to appear in separate bouts.

Tickets from $25 and VIP seating are available by calling 410-375-9175 or going to Doors open at 6:30 pm and the first fight starts at 8.

To raise anti-bullying awareness in the community and throughout the boxing world, Baltimore Boxing is teaming up with Unified Efforts’ “I Belong” campaign. Founded in 2012 by former Baltimore detective Debbie Ramsey, Unified Efforts is a full-service bullying prevention organization.

“We can stop bullying with Unified Efforts,” said Ramsey, whose effots earned her the Baltimore Citation Award for Community Service. “The “I Belong” campaign is teaming up with Baltimore Boxing to help students achieve academic success by ending violence and bullying. Our goal is to continue taking violence and bullying off the streets.”

Throughout the event, Ramsey will distribute anti-bullying pamphlets and is also going to speak to the crowd on bullying prevention.

“I’m happy Unified Efforts and Baltimore Boxing was able to come together for this event,” said Smith, who recently became president of the South Atlantic Amateur Boxing Association, which oversees Maryland. “It’s been a focal point of Baltimore Boxing to team up with organizations that better the community. I look forward to working with Debbie on knocking out bullying.”

For more information on Baltimore Boxing, go to

Laurel, MD (October 30, 2014) – A quick glance at the record of heavyweight hopeful Dwayne “Big Ticket” McRae shows a respectable 14 wins against only three defeats with eight of his victories by knockout.

After dropping two out of three fights back in 2009, McRae’s lost just once in eleven tries. However, the Maryland native is adamant that he’s better than what you see on paper.

“I was robbed in the two decisions,” McRae said of both majority decisions he dropped five years ago. The one fight I lost by TKO was due to a cut and the referee stopped it way too quickly and I know I would’ve come back to win. Truth be told, I feel like an unbeaten fighter.”

Even if he were 17-0, McRae is a relative newcomer to the sport, competing in just 14 amateur bouts prior to turning pro. However the 34-year-old grew up in a brutal environment where he had to fight for everything. Due all he’s been through, including being shot in the knee before his pro debut, McRae’s confident his trials and tribulations can help him overcome whatever doubters believe he lacks in experience.

“I’ve been through a lot as a person and a fighter. When I first started boxing, I was beating guys up in the gym after doing bad things in the street or going out and drinking the night before. Now I’m on a whole different path. I’m not getting any younger so I’m taking this sport a lot more seriously. I came from the streets but am now blessed to be surrounded by good people. My plan is to step it up in the immediate future. My manager Mike Harris makes all the decisions but with the way I’m training I want to fight in a ten rounder. I’ve got a hit list of potential opponents and the guys I’ve got in mind are the kind of opponents that can get me to the next level.”

McRae returns to the ring Saturday evening against veteran Grover Young at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. If he’s victorious, the confident McRae believes he’ll be able to land a notable fight in the near future because of his willingness to take tougher fights and TV-friendly style.

“I’m different than the typical heavyweight because I’m an explosive fighter and I’m going to bring the fight to my opponents. I love fighting and performing for a crowd so I’ve got to continue making it happen. The way I fight is made for TV and I’m looking to step up to the next level.”

Fans can interact with McRae by going to