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.

Perrella punch

Minneapolis, MN (February 24, 2019) – Welterweight contender Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella improved to 16-2 with 13 knockouts after impressively defeating Breidis Prescott via unanimous decision.

The eight round fight aired on FS2 as part of a Premier Boxing Champions card from the Minneapolis Armory in Minneapolis, MN.

Fighting for the first time since a gutsy majority decision defeat against Luis Collazo the 29-year-old spent time in Las Vegas training alongside some of the world’s top fighters. During a sparring session, He caught the eye of boxing legend Jesse Reid, who then joined Team Perrella.

The Fort Myers, FL native found an early home for jabs, straight left hands and crisp body shots. Perrella displayed excellent ring generalship throughout the fight while confidently showing Prescott it wouldn’t be his night. Prescott did land a few solid shots and knew he’d need a knockout to win in the later rounds but Perrella didn’t falter.

Scores were 79-73 twice and 78-74.

“Mindset is everything in boxing,” Perrella said of his victory. “I’ve got the right team around me and they’re helping me realize who I am as a fighter and what I’m able to do. The fighter you saw in there is the real me. The confidence, ring generalship, the swagger; that’s who Bryant Perrella truly is.”

With Reid joining head trainer Michael Nowling, Perrella’s plan is to return to the gym after a short rest and continue to sharpen his skills before the next fight.

“I’m always looking for tough challenges and am down to face anybody in the welterweight division. What you saw against Prescott is just a preview of who Bryant Perrella really is.”

Fans can follow and interact with Perrella on Instagram and Twitter @BryantPerrella or via Facebook at

Coyle, 8-0, meets the most experienced foe of his career in Travis Scott

Coyle, 8-0, meets the most experienced foe of his career in Travis Scott

Tampa, FL (February 13, 2019) – Fire Fist Boxing’s Connor “The Kid” Coyle, Willian “Baby Face” Silva and Mark Reyes Jr. will all fight as part of a UFC Fight Pass card Saturday, February 16 at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg, FL.

This excellent evening of boxing is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions in association with Rite Hook Promotions.

Headlining the telecast is an eight round middleweight showdown between Coyle and Travis “Dirty Red” Scott.

Splitting time between his native Ireland and St. Petersburg, FL, Coyle’s a perfect 8-0 with 3 wins by knockout. He’s become a big draw in the Tampa-St Pete area and most recently scored a sixth round TKO of Danny Pastrana. The talented Coyle has been featured as a prospect to watch out for by media members from both sides of the pond.

Fighting out of Baton Rouge, LA, Scott is Coyle’s most experienced foe to date. The 38-year-old has an excellent 19-4 professional ledger with 5 KO’s. A true veteran of the sport, Scott turned pro in 2004, when Coyle was 14.

Welterweight phenom Mark Reyes Jr of Tampa, FL risks his 0 against fellow unbeaten Rodrigo Tatijewski of Sao Paolo, Brazil in a highly-anticipated six round contest.

The wildly popular Reyes Jr. is 8-0 with 6 KO’s. An athletic boxer-puncher, Reyes is coming off a third round TKO of Juan Garces last October and at 22-years-old, continues to improve rapidly.

Tatijewski, who is fighting for the first time in the United States, is 8-0 and has 7 wins by way of knockout. He’s confident of making a major splash by taking out Reyes in front of millions of viewers on UFC Fight Pass.

Junior welterweight Willian “Baby Face” Silva of Plant City, FL by way of Sao Paolo, Brazil challenges rugged Argentinian Juan Ramon Solis in a ten rounder.

Silva, who has an excellent 26-2 professional ledger and 15 wins by knockout, scored a dominant 9th round TKO over Jose Forero last October. After fighting most of his career at lightweight, Silva’s sights are set on the best at 140 pounds but he must first get past Solis.

Living and fighting out of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Solis is 25-13 with 9 KO’s. The 36-year-old’s faced many top fighters including world champion Robert Easter, contenders Sergio Thompson and Diego Silva along with unbeaten Saul Rodriguez among others.

“This is a great opportunity for Connor, Mark and Willian,” said Jody Caliguire of Fire Fist Boxing. “The UFC Fight Pass platform is perfect for all three of these excellent boxers to showcase their talent to fans from all over. We’re looking forward to Saturday evening.”

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