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Boyd Melson: A fighter worth rooting for at Barclays
In addition to the four world title fights headlined by the rematch between unified WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia vs. Erik Morales at theBarclays Center in Brooklyn, on Saturday, Boyd Melson will be making an appearance on the undercard.
Melson is a very unique fighter, as he donates every penny from his fight purses to his online charitable organization Justadollarplease.org. It was recently announced that Oscar De La Hoya, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, will also aide Melson in contributing to the fund.
Justadollarplease.org was created by Melson and best friend Christan Zaccagnino, through Team Fight to Walk. The purpose of the organization is to raise awareness about the importance of aiding the effort to cure spinal chord injuries.
“There’s definitely a lot of pressure on me for this fight but I’m far more excited than nervous, especially after Oscar announced at the press conference that he’s helping Justadollarplease.org,” Melson said. “This is something different than ever before because I’m going to be a part of history and people have been talking about the first fight card at the Barclays Center as long as I can remember.”
Melson juts fought as recent as September 22 and hasn’t had any breaks. The Brooklyn native and graduate of Brooklyn Technical High Schoolis hoping to put on a great show for his hometown supporters.
“It’s an honor to be fighting on the same night as some of the sport’s top talents,” said Melson said. “There are a lot of people coming to see me fight and all of the other fighters on the card have large fan bases too. I can’t wait to go out and give the fans a great performance. I’ve never been this excited before!”
Melson (10-1, 4 KOs) will have a tough assignment in fellow New Yorker Jason Thompson (5-6-1, 4 KOs), who has fought six undefeated fighters in his career. Once again, Melson’s entire purse will go to Justadollarplease.org; aiding the effort to bring clinical trial experiments to theU.S.to help cure spinal cord injuries.