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    Boyd Melson: Fight to Walk

    Boyd Melson, a former golden glove, military boxing champion, and Olympic boxer from West Point, turned pro in order to raise money for SCINetUSA (JustADollarPlease.Org). He fought last night for the third time and won with a TKO 44 seconds into the first round. Boyd is doing this for his friend, Christan Zaccagnino who has spinal cord injury. After expenses, Boyd has been donating all his winnings to JustADollarPlease.Org to support spinal cord injury clinical trials in the United States. Jim Bennett, Patricia Morton, and Margaret Frederickson (from the Rutgers Foundation) attended the fight last night at the Roseland Ballroom. Boyd told me that five other boxers have now joined the cause, pledging 10% of their purses to the cause.

    It was the first time that I have attended a boxing match. There were seven matches. Boyd's was the next to the last match. His opponent Hector Rivera looked very tough. I believe that Boyd weighed about 151 lb. They circled each other. Hector threw a long punch while Boyd stepped back and counterpunch at his nose. All of a sudden, Hector crumpled but got up several seconds later, shaky. The referee declared the TKO. Boyd had not received a single blow.

    The announcer gave Boyd an opportunity to talk about Fight to Walk and the JustADollarPlease.Org. He was impassioned and very convincing. The audience all stood up and clapped their hearts out. For most of the night, everybody was congratulating Boyd for the fight, his first knockout.


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    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing this with us.

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    Awesome. Let's get Floyd Mayweather on board..
    Donnie: Dr. Xiao, What are your thoughts on a cure/combination therapy for SCI's??
    CG Xiao: Donnie, I don't want to disappoint you, but I think it is impossible to restore the continuity of the cord or "bridge the gap" in the near future, let's say: 50 years. Dr Wise Young has been my most respected scientist in SCI. He has dedicated and contributed to SCI no other can match.

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    Thank you for sharing Dr. Wise! The compassion is felt.
    Incomplete T-12/L-1

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    Was a great evening.

    DJ Cipha Sounds, from Hot 97's Morning Show MC'd the evening, music was LOUD. Several NY sports stars attended, Darrell Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Curtis Martin, John Starks and Anthony Mason.

    Boyd is incredible. He is fighting for us out of the goodness of his heart. It was a great win for him last night, he was psyched!

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    that sounds great!
    We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
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    Very cool.

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    Here's a link from Boyd's fight, begins at the 2:00:00 mark and he speaks after fight at 2:04:50

    The last fight was 8 rounds for the NY State Welterweight Championship.
    Last edited by Jim; 05-25-2011 at 06:35 PM.

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    Boyd Melson is now 4-0 with two TKO's in his campaign to Fight to Walk. In addition he has convinced five other boxers to donate 10% of their purse to spinal cord injury research.

    The last two TKO's were very convincing. In his third fight, Boyd knocked out his opponent with one punch to the face within 40 seconds of his first round. The most recent fight with Kevin Kibler from North Carolina, he dominated the fight, as described below by Armando Paz:
    Melson vs Kibler
    Although the event was promoted as a Puerto Rican boxing event there were several non-Puerto Rican fighters. Boyd Melson (4-0 2 KO's) made quick work of Kevin Kibler by punishing him to the body and throwing combinations when he had him on the ropes. Melson can be a future contender of the Junior Middleweight division since he has good ring savy, solid speed, and knows how to fire combinations when the opponnet is in trouble. There was a local Irish contingency that came to cheer him on, and that included retired boxer John Duddy who came ringside to see Melson and chatted with Paulie Malignaggi who came to greet him. The official stoppage was 1:30 of round 3.
    The next fight is either July 15 or 20.

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