Boyd Melson is scheduled to face Mike Ruiz on May 8 at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, New York. This will be Melson's first fight in 15 months.
Melson (14-1-1, 4 KOs) suffered a couple of injuries in 2014. During a victory over Donald Ward in the historic Roseland Ballroom's last ever boxing match on February 12, Melson injured his right arm. He healed and was scheduled to take on the toughest opponent of his career, Glen Tapia, in July. But Melson tore his left rotator cuff in training.
Melson admitted that he thought his career was over after the rotator cuff injury. But in December, he acknowledged that he "still had some stuff in the basement" and wanted to continue his career.
Melson was originally scheduled to face Mike Ruiz (17-8, 9 KOs) in the Roseland Ballroom's last fight, but Ruiz had to pull out. Ruiz is a quality journeyman from New York. He's 2-3 in his last five, but all three losses have been to good opponents: Tapia, Martin Wright, and Charlie Ota.
This bout is scheduled for ten rounds.