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News: Vasquez-Sandoval Card, Melson, Fox-Mercado Update

RENO -- The card is set for May 4th’s world-class boxing event presented by Let’s Get It On Promotions and the Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.  The evening’s feature attraction matches world-ranked Oscar “El Chapito” Vasquez (15-1) against Ricardo “El Niño” Sandoval (12-1) in an eight-round, super-flyweight battle. A spectacular undercard supplements the main event. 

Undefeated heavyweight prospect and knockout machine, Frank “Freedom Fighter” Sanchez (5-0, 5 KOs), has been added to the May 4th card.  Sanchez was born and raised in Guantanamo Bay Cuba.  In his native country, he competed in over two-hundred boxing matches as an amatuer.  He fled Cuba in 2016 and made his way to Las Vegas where he signed a managerial deal with retired Hall of Fame referee Richard Steele.  Sanchez will be fighting veteran Lamont Capers (9-11) in a six-round battle.

Carson City lightweight Diego Elizondo (2-0) will be fighting the very tough Canton Miller (3-1) in a four-round match.

In a six-round cruiserweight bout, U.S. Army Veteran Blake “The Beast” McKernan (7-0, 5 KOs) of Sacramento will be facing Mexico’s Daniel Arambula (4-2).

In a classic Mexican vs. Puerto Rican fight, Santos “Titos” Vasquez (5-2-1), who is Oscar’s younger brother and an alternate for the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team, will be fighting Puerto Rico’s Bryan Aquino (11-2) in a six round junior-flyweight bout. 

Ricardo “The Dreamer” Lucio-Galvan (2-0, 2 KO) is scheduled to fight in a four-round featherweight bout.

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Retired professional boxer and Army Public Affairs Officer Boyd Melson was inducted to the Jewish Sports Heritage Association Sunday, April 29.

A 501(C)(3), the Jewish Sports Heritage Association, INC is an educational organization dedicated to educating the public about the role Jewish men and women have played in sports and showing Jewish youth that there is nothing they cannot achieve.

All honorees were introduced by Master of Ceremonies Barry Landers at Temple Israel in Lawrence, NY. Each honoree then give a speech and received a plaque from the Jewish Sports Heritage Association.

Following a solid amateur career, Melson had an 18 fight pro career and finished with a record of 15-2-1 with 4 wins by knockout. He won the WBC USNBC 154 pound title in 2015 and retired in 2016. While his pro career was definitely a success, Melson’s ultimate goal was to raise funds and awareness for multiple causes including chronic spinal cord injuries and narcotics addiction.

Between donating 100% of his fight purses, private donations and charity galas, Melson helped raise close to a half million dollars. Shortly after his retirement from pro boxing, Melson announced he was running for Congress in District 11, covering Staten Island and South Brooklyn. He was considered one of the top candidates and had strong support.

In December 2017, the selfless Melson withdrew from the congressional race, volunteering to serve our country in Iraq. In offering to get deployed, Melson assisted another Army Reserve member that received a special opportunity domestically in the Reserve that would greatly benefit her family.

Currently in Iraq, Melson was elated when he was notified of this special honor, which was accepted by his mother Anette, Uncle Leo and retired Coloniel Alessi.
                            
“Here we are. Earning an honor that was a product of me following what my heart beats with divine love, and having to receive this honor in harms way due to me making a choice that is consistent with my heart’s values. I find myself here helping by doing my part to defeat the ugliest and most horrific form of human endeavor I have ever experienced. While doing this, I am highly aware that the people I am helping, who are extremely welcoming and friendly, might look at me through a different lens if they knew I was and am Jewish. It is an interesting paradox. This honor I am receiving is solely dedicated to my Zayda and my Bubbe (grandmother and grandfather).

My Zayda left his body five years ago, and my Bubbe is one of the last Holocaust survivors on this planet. My Zayda was conscripted to serve to fight the Nazis in World War Two. HE SURVIVED. He created a family after surviving that absolute evil, and brought them all here to the United States. I am because of him. I am an American Citizen, born in this great country, because of his courage and strength. I think about this daily with where I am now, and I do mean daily. My Zayda put on a military uniform to fight an evil similar to how I am doing today. His spirit was close to my soul when I made this choice. I know I am being honored for being what I completed as a Jewish professional athlete, and I thank you. Please forgive me however for placing a much greater important at this moment, as an African American, as a Jew, as a West Point Graduate, as an Army Officer, as an athlete, and as a HUMAN BEING, on the narrative I gave above. That is what is sitting on me here. I hope one day, that every individual in this part of the world who we are helping, and who may not have kind feelings towards Jews, learns that Jewish American military servicemen came here and helped them because it was right and because we swore an oath. I see it as my responsibility being Jewish,being an American, and being a soldier.”

Philadelphia, Penn. - Some of the area's best prospects have been added to a terrific night of boxing for Friday night, May 11th at SugarHouse Casino. The show is promoted by King's Promotions.

In the previously announced main event, undefeated junior welterweight, Mykal Fox (16-0, 4 KOs) of Forrestville, Maryland will take on Anthony Mercado (11-3, 10 KOs) of Camuy, Puerto Rico in a bout scheduled for eight-rounds.

In the six-round co-feature, it will be a battle of undefeated heavyweight's as Colby Madison (6-0-2, 4 KOs) of Owings Mills, Maryland takes on Michael Coffie (2-0, 1 KO) of Brooklyn, New York.

In four-round  bouts:

"The Fighting Ring Announcer" Alex Barbosa (5-3-1, 1 KO) of Philadelphia takes on Sergio Aguilar (2-7, 2 KOs) of Homestead, Florida in a super bantamweight bout.

Romuel Cruz (1-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia takes on an opponent to be named in a super bantamweight bout.

Jerrod Miner (1-1-1, 1 KO) of Philadelphia battles Desmond Moore (1-0, 1 KO) of Allentown, PA in a bantamweight bout.

Joshafat Ortiz (3-0, 1 KO) of Reading, PA fights Raekwon Blackston (0-1) of Wilson, North Carolina in a super featherweight affair.

Laured Stewart (3-0, 2 KOs) of Sydney Australia takes on an opponent to be named in a middleweight bout.

Joel Flores (0-0-1) of Passaic, NJ squares off with Christopher Burgos (0-2) of Philadelphia in a junior lightweight bout.

Tickets are on sale for $100, $75, $50, and can be purchased at SugarHousecasino.com

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