Boyd Melson defeated Yolexcy Leiva by unanimous decision Saturday night at the Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York. Melson weighed in at 154.5 pounds and Leiva was 153. After knocking down Leiva with a right hook in the first, the southpaw Melson boxed his way to victory.
Melson controlled the bout throughout, winning with scores of 59-54 (twice) and 58-55. After the fight, Melson remarked, “I didn’t have such a battle against weight for this fight so I wasn’t fatigued.” Melson advances to 10-1 with four KOs and Leiva falls to 5-5 with four KOs. As always, Boyd has donated his purse to Justadollarplease.org.
Max Heyman was also in action Saturday night. He faced Chris "Cold Steel" Thomas at Indian School in Santa Fe, New Mexico and won a unanimous decision. Heyman was 185.25 pounds while Thomas weighed in at 188.5 pounds fort the contest which featured three knockdowns. Heyman sent Thomas to the canvass twice while Heyman went down once. All three judges scored the bout 58-53 in favor of Heyman.
In the second round, Heyman, sporting a bald head, landed a left hook to the body that hurt Thomas badly. Thomas went down writhing in pain, but managed to beat the count. Thomas's knockdown came when he stepped on Heyman's foot in the third while connecting with a punch. Otherwise, Heyman, who works as a paramedic for the fire department in Albuquerque, controlled the action.
Heyman complained of an injured right hand after the bout. He broke his left hand in first fight with Mike Alderete in 2010. Last year, he was preparing to battle Gayrat Ahmedov when he broke the same hand.
With the win, "Mad" Max improves his record to 25-11-4 with 14 KOs. Thomas is now 17-17-2 with 14 KOs. Thomas has now won only one of his previous 15 bouts dating back to 2004. Heyman had been away from the ring for nearly 23 months and this marked only his fourth fight since 2007.