Boyd Melson is a graduate of The United States Military Academy at West Point. Additionally, he holds an M.B.A from Touro University International. It was during his freshman (Plebe) year at The Academy that he was introduced to the “sweet science” of boxing. Melson would go on to have a very successful national and international amateur boxing career that included the accolades of: Three-time Collegiate Boxing All-American, Four-Time All Army Boxing Champion, Three-Time Armed Forces Boxing Champion, World Military Boxing Championships, Bronze Medalist at the 2005 U.S. Nationals, Silver Medalist at the 2006 U.S. Championships, 5th Place Finisher at the 2005 Men’s World Amateur Boxing Champions, and an Alternate for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team. As a professional boxer, Melson earned the WBC Junior Middleweight USNBC Championship.
Being introduced to the world of boxing would become very important in Melson’s life, but not in the stereotypical way. In 2002 Melson met and fell in love with a young lady named Christan Zaccagnino. They spent six years in a relationship together. When they started dating Boyd promised Christan that for the rest of his life, he would never give up on helping Christan achieve her dream of walking again. You see, Christan had a horrific accident at the age of ten years old diving into a swimming pool where she suffered a broken neck that severely damaged her spinal cord. Together they formed a 501c3 non-profit foundation called Team Fight to Walk with the mission of raising awareness and making all possible efforts to fund a cure for spinal cord injuries in the United States.
Despite the fact that Melson had a very successful amateur boxing career, he never felt the desire to be a professional boxer until this point. Knowing that money needed to be raised, Boyd decided he would turn professional and use that platform that comes with being a professional athlete to raise awareness for their campaign. However, it didn’t merely stop there. Melson made the extraordinary decision to donate all of his fight purses to their campaign, while working a full-time job for Johnson & Johnson in order to provide for his own life. In total, he fought a total of 18 professional fights and won the World Boxing Council US title. More importantly in January of 2019, the FDA approved Dr. Wise Young clinical trials for the United States, and is currently waiting for a date to commence.
Working with children and mentorship programs has and always will continue to be a top priority for Boyd. For the past decade, Boyd has volunteered his time to deliver motivational speeches to kids whenever he has the opportunity, and doesn’t let anything stand in the way. “I must have delivered over 100 speeches to students in schools beginning as early as Pre-K and as old as collegiate-age. It’s a definite passion for me and of the highest importance. I’ve quit jobs when they have begun to prohibit me from doing my work on this planet I care most about” said Melson. Boyd sits on the Board of Directors of the 501c3 Non-Profit BOXER Inc. with their mission of utilizing the sport of boxing to provide a safe and productive environment for youth to build confidence, learn discipline, improve self-esteem, lead healthy lifestyles, and improve cognitive skills for academic achievement.Melson is currently a motivational speaker for the Great Black Speakers Bureau.
Boyd recently joined the non-profit organization Island Voice now serving on their Board of Directors. The Island Voice’s mission is to act as a resource to actively engage in community development by offering solutions to promote economic development and empowerment opportunities, strategies to engage the youth and to cultivate a positive environment of unity amongst the African, African American and Caribbean Communities of Staten Island, and Canvas Institute who seeks to increase the positive impact of community driven artists, scholars, and civic leaders.
Melson sits on the Advisory Board for the non-profit organization Global War On Terror Memorial Foundation with the mission to lead the efforts to build the National GWOT Memorial in our nation’s capital to commemorate and honor the members of the Armed Forces who served in support of our nation’s longest war, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Consistent with its mission, the Foundation will recognize and salute the service and sacrifices of all who served in defense of the nation in this conflict, as well as their families and friends.
This amazing group is poised to make a lot of noise in 2019 and 2020. They have the support of former President of the United States George Walker Bush, who serves the foundation as an Honorary Chairman along with a long list of veterans who have served our country and some of their closest supporters.
Now a 16 year military veteran who ranks as a Major in the Army Reserves, Melson was deployed to the Middle East last year in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. While deployed, The Rainmaker co-authored a script for a movie called Round One with Ondra Berry II. Round One will star former professional boxing World Champion Austin Trout along with Noel Gugliemi (Hector from Training Day), Quinton Aaron (Michael Oher from The Blind Side), Boyd Melson, and Vivica Fox. They are continuing to cast. The movie is being directed by Eric Martinez, and produced by Dream House Productions and Infinite Possibility Films. Round One was the winner of the award Best Full-Length Script (ITI Film Festival) and nominated for the award Best Trailer (ITI Film Festival). Round One is dedicated to the Non-Profit Organization Stop Soldier Suicide, another organization for which Boyd sits on the Advisory Board of. They are selling memorabilia for the movie with half of profits going to Stop Soldier Suicide, and Boyd will be donating a portion of what he makes from being Producer, Co-writer, having a supporting acting role, and Fight Choreographer.
Boyd Melson will assume the role of "Global Ambassador of Hope” and “Lead Spokesperson” for the “United We Fight for Humanity” campaigns, which Melson helped co-create. Designed in the spirit of Michael Jackson's "Heal the World Movement," they support all initiatives that are designed to help eliminate all human crisis, conflict, pain and suffering from around the World. United We Fight for Humanity is a global unifying campaign conceived by Jackson Family Foundation Senior Marketing Director, Senior Art Director and Webmaster Donald Thornton in association and with the creative input of business and marketing consultant Nicholas Sampson, and Boyd Melson himself. The “United We Fight for Humanity” campaigns are done with the support of the Jackson Family Foundation.