Melson's spinal cord fundraiser is tonight

May, 16, 2013
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Boxing's top pound for pound fundraiser, Boyd Melson, is heading up a charity gala tonight (May 16), which will raise money for spinal cord injury research.

The 11-1-1 junior middleweight Melson, along with friend Christan Zaccagnino, created Team Fight to Walk, whose mission is to raise awareness within the boxing community and the nation about the importance of bringing clinical trials to the US to help cure people with spinal cord injuries.

He donates all the money from his purses to the cause, for the record, and that has amounted to more than $120,000 thus far. He was also recently featured on HBO's "Real Sports."

Team Fight to Walk is made up of of Melson, Zaccagnino, former Rutgers football player/ESPY honoree Eric LeGrand, two-time cruiserweight champion Steve "USS" Cunningham, and former junior middleweight titlist Austin "No Doubt" Trout, along with a whole slew of other contenders and prospects.

The bash, which is at BB King's in the theater district in Manhattan, will feature comedian Artie Lange. Musician/boxing promoter 50 Cent is also slated to attend.

The gala kicks off at 6:30, and there will be a silent auction held, which will include a statue donated by the World Boxing Council, signed by numerous all-time greats, as well as a stellar prize pack donated by the WWE.
Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for TheSweetScience.com.

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