On March 7th at BB King Blues Club and Grill in New York City, Delen “Sniper” Parsley (6-0, 2KO’s) and Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson (8-0, 4KO’s) will both take a step way up in competition and put their undefeated records on the line when they square off in an eight-round junior middleweight showdown on the latest installment of DiBella Entertainment’s (DBE) “Broadway Boxing” series.
It is rare when you see two up-and-coming prospects matched against one another at such an early stage in their careers, but that is exactly what you have when the two New Yorkers enter the ring on the March 7.
“This is the hardest fight of my career so far,” said Parsley who is promoted by DBE. “I’m in the business of making a name for myself though and with that being said someone’s ‘0’ must go. It’s that fight-or-flight moment, and I happen to fight real well.”
Melson, a graduate from West Point, is not signed to an exclusive promotional contract under the company banner, but he has been a staple on DBE cards since turning pro in late 2010. Like Parsley, Melson realizes what an important fight this is for his own career, but also realizes that each time he steps into that ring, he is fighting for a much bigger cause, the Justadollarplease organization. Along with www.justadollarplease.org, Melson created Team Fight to Walk, whose mission is to raise awareness within the boxing community about the importance of stem cell research for spinal cord injuries.
“Every fight and victory that I have earned is just as important as I am learning that my voice resonates throughout that much larger of an audience to help build understanding of the need to help the justadollarplease.org cause. They are creating awareness of the U.S. Clinical Trial that will help human beings chained to their wheelchairs break free from those chains. I keep that in mind during every training camp for every fight, and I keep that in mind as I walk to the ring for every fight until the moment the bell rings. This next match will be a much greater challenge and, as my training regimen increased in preparation, I found myself leaning even more strongly toward what it is I am fighting for. It’s all I ever think about.”
The card is promoted is by DiBella Entertainment as part of its “Broadway Boxing” series and will be aired tape-delayed on SNY. In the main event, Alex Perez (15-0, 9KO’s) looks to stay undefeated when he also steps way up in class taking on former NABF junior welterweight champion, Francisco “El Gato” Figueroa (20-3-1, 13KO’s) in an eight-round welterweight matchup. Doors open at 6:30PM with the first bout scheduled for 7:30PM.