BROOKLYN — Junior middleweight Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson, of Brooklyn, scored a fifth-round knockdown against rival Edgar Perez, of Chicago, on the way to a six-round unanimous decision at Barclays Center on Saturday night.
Melson rose to 11-1-1, with three knockouts, while Perez slipped to 5-4 with two stoppages as part of the 10-bout card whose main event features RING, WBA and WBC junior middleweight champion Danny Garcia (25-0, 16 KOs) and challenger Zab Judah (42-7, 29 KOs).
“I had been hitting him pretty hard, but the guy was tough,” said Melson. “So the knockdown came at the right time, because the guy wasn’t going anyhere, so it gave me a breather.”
Melson was featured on HBO’s Real Sports, where he explained why his paralyzed “soul mate,” Christan Zaccagnino, is his inspiration for donating his entire fight purses to Justadollarplease.org in support of a trial to help cure chronic spinal cord injuries.
Melson is inspired during workouts by Zaccagnino, who has been paralyzed from the neck down since a diving accident at age 10. A West Point graduate, Melson maintains his boxing career while also working a typical 9-to-5 office job.
In the evening’s fourth fight, light heavyweight Marcus Browne, of Staten Island, scored knockdowns in each of the first and second rounds against Philadelphia’s Taneal Goyco, whom he then cornered and battered until referee Earl Brown waved an end to Saturday’s fight at 0:54 of the second round.
A 2012 U.S. Olympic team member, Brown rose to 4-0 with as many knockouts while Goyco, whose corner stopped the bout, slipped to 4-6-1 with two knockouts.
Also, junior welterweight Zachary Ochoa, of Brooklyn, hammered out a four-round unanimous decision over Calvin Smith, of Prichard, Ala. Ochoa, 20, went the distance for the first time, rising to 4-0 with three knockouts, while Smith dropped to 2-3.
Ochoa was coming off November’s first-round knockout of Michael Salcido on the undercard of an eighth-round knockout victory by Adrien Broner for the WBC’s lightweight belt over Antonio DeMarco at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
In the evening’s first fight, super middleweight D’Mitrius Ballard (2-0, 2 KOs), of Temple Hills, Md., scored a second-round stoppage of Marcus Clay (2-6), of Baton Rouge, La. Next, Philadelphia bantamweight Miguel Cartegna (6-0, 3 KOs) hammered out a four-round unanimous decision over Chicago’s Angel Carvajal (2-1).
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