Captain Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson kept his perfect record in tact following a one-sided six round unanimous decision over brawny veteran Shawn Rawley Wilson Saturday evening at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom.
With a standing-room-only crowd backing him, Melson was in complete control of the junior middleweight bout from bell to bell, putting together stinging multi-punch combinations to both the body and head of his experienced foe.
Wilson, who has 59 pro fights as a boxer and mixed martial artist, occasionally landed left hooks, but spent most of the match absorbing Melson’s furious two-fisted attack.
During the final two rounds, Wilson's incredible ability to absorb head shots took its toll on both of Melson's hands. Melson had to adjust from going forward as the aggressor in the first four rounds to a stick-and-move type of offense in the final two frames to preserve his sore hands.
In the end, Melson landed many hard shots, leaving the Nebraskan with a cut underneath his right eye and noticeable bruising, but Wilson displayed exceptional toughness and finished the bout on his feet.
Melson improves to 8-0 with 4 knockouts after defeating Wilson, 6-6 (1 KO), 60-54 on all three scorecards.
“Our game plan was to attack his body,” Melson said shortly after the victory. “I think I headhunted a little bit too much because he was there to be hit, but I realized that he had a great chin and wasn’t going down. Shawn is the physically toughest guy I’ve ever fought and he earned my respect tonight for sure.”
To support America’s first Clinical Stem Cell Trial using umbilical cords, Melson donated his entire purse to Justadollarplease.org . His next bout takes place Thursday, March 8 at B.B. King’s in Times Square.
In association with Justadollarplease, 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.
Team Fight to Walk is comprised of Melson, former two-time cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham, title contender DeAndre “The Bull” Latimore, Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana, Hector Camacho Jr., 2008 US Olympian Shawn Estrada, and prospects Sid “The Messenger” El Harrak, Denis “Da Momma’s Boy” Douglin, Frank Galarza, Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien, Ahmed “Prince of Egypt” Samir and Delen “Sniper” Parsley.
For more information or to make a donation, go to teamfighttowalk.com or Justadollarplease.org.