Junior middleweight Boyd Melson earned a unanimous decision victory over Khalik Memminger on August 2 in his first fight back since losing a disputed decision to Delen Parsley in March. But Melson wasn't happy with his performance. The man known as the "Rainmaker" acknowledged, "The fight against Memminger was my worst performance as a pro and I was more upset about it than most of the fans. Regardless, I can’t ever look like that again and expect to win."
He has a chance to redeem himself on September 22 at World Casino in Queens, New York. His opponent is scheduled to be Yolexcy Leiva (5-4, 4 KOs). Leiva, a 33 year old Cuban-born combatant, is 1-3 in his previous four fights. However, three of those four were against undefeated prospects, including the win. Leiva has been active lately and is the naturally bigger man, fighting the majority of his bouts at middleweight and above.
Melson (9-1, 4 KOs) is a strong southpaw who often fights in spurts and has shown the ability to box effectively when he has a bout in hand. He is known for his busy schedule both in and out of the ring. This is his eleventh fight since his career began in November of 2010. He also travels the world searching for a cure to spinal cord injuries and works a 9-5 job at Johnson & Johnson.
This bout is scheduled for six rounds. In addition, should Melson come away unscathed, he is penciled in to take part in the first boxing card at the new Barclay's Center Arena in Brooklyn, New York on October 20. Dmitriy Salita is also scheduled to be on that card in a separate bout.