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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Melson Takes Step Up in Fighting Glen Tapia

Junior middleweight Boyd Melson is scheduled to fight tough prospect Glen Tapia at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York on July 26. The fight will take place on the undercard of the HBO-televised Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Geale bout.

Melson (14-1-1, 4 KOs) has won his last four fights since a disputed draw against Jason Thompson to open up the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn. Melson later avenged the draw with a unanimous decision victory over Thomspon. His last fight was last February; Melson fought with one arm in defeating Donald Ward by UD in the final boxing match at the famed Roseland Ballroom.

Tapia (21-1, 13 KOs) is coming off of a first round knockout of Keenan Collins earlier this month. His best win came last July when he stopped Abie Han, who was undefeated at the time. Last December, Tapia showed grit in a loss to all-action contender James Kirkland. Tapia didn't make it out of the sixth round, however.

Tapia's two best punches are the overhand right and the the left hook. Both were effective against Kirkland, who like Melson is a southpaw. But against Kirkland, Tapia showed poor defense. Tapia is best when he's allowed to come forward and pressure his opponent.

Melson can pressure or box, depending on what the occasion calls for. One big issue could be the weight. Against Ward, Melson was originally scheduled to make the junior middleweight limit of 154 pounds. The contract had to be changed because Boyd had trouble making the weight. When it was all said and done, Melson couldn't even get under the middleweight limit of 160. Melson hasn't weighed as little as 154 pounds since 2012.

Tapia, a New Jersey native who is eight years younger and an inch taller than Melson, last made the 154 pound limit in the Han fight. He has never been over 159 pounds for a fight. Thus, Melson is the naturally bigger man, an advantage if he isn't drained by making weight.

The bout is scheduled for eight rounds and is currently set for the junior middleweight limit.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Horowitz's Debut Canceled

Samuel "The Bear Jew" Horowitz's debut was scheduled for last night in Hammond, Indiana. Horowitz, a former MMA fighter, was scheduled to take on 43 year old Mike Reiter, who is 0-4. The fight was canceled however and the 30 year old Chicago resident will have to wait to make his debut.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Seldin to Face Robinson in Step Up

Welterweight Cletus Seldin is scheduled to face Jared Robinson at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York on July 18. The bout will be likely be televised on ESPN2 in the United States.

Seldin (13-0, 10 KOs) has won two fights since coming off shoulder surgery last year. The hard-charging Seldin had an 8-fight KO streak snapped in his first fight back, a unanimous decision over veteran Gilbert Venegas last November. Seldin stopped journeyman Wilfredo Acuna in the seventh round in April.

Robinson (14-1, 6 KOs) will be a significant step up for Seldin. But the South Carolina native has a deceptively good record. All 14 of his wins came in the Carolinas and Georgia, places that are not known as boxing hubs. Robinson's last two wins came against opponents who were a combined 3-15-1 when Robinson faced them. He has defeated three opponents with winning records, although he hasn't stopped any of them. By contrast, Seldin has beaten all nine of his opponents who came in with winning records and KOed seven of them.

Robinson's last fight was a fourth round TKO loss to hot prospect Amir Imam in February. Robinson came out aggressive against the heavy-handed Imam and had the heavy favorite backing up throughout much of the first round by landing effective overhand rights. Imam hurt Robinson at the end of the first and Robinson was reluctant to throw from that point forward. In the fourth, Robinson was knocked out of the ring, but valiantly wobbled his way back through the ropes on his own accord before the fight was thankfully stopped.

The scheduled eight round affair between these two fast starters should be exciting while it lasts.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Samuel Horowitz Schedule to Make Debut

Light heavyweight Samuel Horowitz is scheduled to make his pro debut on June 20 at the Horseshoe in Hammond, Indiana. Horowitz is a former MMA fighter and has boxed as an amateur.

Horowitz fights under the nicknames "The Russian Concussion" and "The Bear Jew." The 30 year old fights out of Chicago and took part in the city's Golden Gloves the past two years.

Horowitz's fight is scheduled for four rounds.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Boyd Melson vs. Delen Parsley

March 7, 2012
BB King Blues Club and Grill
New York, New York

Melson: yellow and black trunks
Parsley: silver trunks, black trim