The ballroom at Resorts World Casino was transformed into a world-class fight venue for the night this past weekend.
The room didn't resemble your typical boxing venue. Instead of a locker room, makeshift rooms were created with black sheets to separate the fighters as they awaited their chance to get in the ring.
But despite the different atmosphere, the VIP section filled to capacity and the mob scene that was general admission would suggest that boxing has found a new home.
In one of the feature bouts, Captain Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson, a product of Brooklyn, took on Yolexcy Leiva. In the first round, Melson tagged Leiva with a textbook hook, forcing Leiva to try and make the bought a dogfight. However, Melson relied on his training from West Point to slow the fight down.
Overall, the hometown boy was simply in better condition and ended the match stronger than his opponent. The scores were 59-54 and 58-55 in favor of Melson.
Instead of being paid for his victory, Melson donated the entire fight purse to Justadollarplese.org, which goes to support a trial cure for chronic spinal chord injury.
Melson's next bought will take place at the Barclays Center on October 20, where he looks to improve on his record of 10-1 (4 KO's).
One of the more memorable fights was a match between two undefeated fighters, both walking into the ring with 7-0 records. Frank Galarza went toe-to-toe with Alantez Fox for the New York State Jr. Middleweight title.
This fight was a show from the opening bell. Galarza came out firing at Fox with his right, but Fox was able to survive the early beating by using his jab to back Galarza up. However, no amount of jabbing would stop Galarza from throwing his right, so Fox went to his left hook, which caused the left side of Galarza's face to swell. At least one point in every round the bout drew standing ovations from the crowd.
When the fight went to decision the scores read 77-75 for each fighter and a split 76-76, leaving the fight a draw.
The main event was Light Heavyweight Joe Smith, Jr. taking on challenger Yasin Rashid. Smith, a Long Island native, didn't have to travel far or fight for very long to defeat Rashid of Brooklyn. By the third round, Smith had dropped Rashid four times leading to a third round decision in favor of Smith.
Smith is now 11-1 with all wins as a result of knockouts, while Rashid is now 7-3.