WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to White Plains’ Boyd "Rainmaker" Melson!
Boyd "Rainmaker" Melson, who was born in White Plains, turns 33 on Thursday.
Melson, a light middleweight boxer, was born Oct. 16, 1981. As an amateur, Melson won the 48th World Military Boxing Championship gold medal in the 69 kg weight class, and was a four-time U.S. Army champion, a three-time NCBA All-American boxer, a four-time West Point Brigade Open Boxing Champion, and received the Colonel Marcus Award. He also won gold medals at the All Army Boxing Championships twice and at the Armed Forces Boxing Championships twice. He made it to the quarterfinals in the welterweight 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships, and won a bronze medal at the 2005 US Amateur Boxing Championships.
Melson donates all of the money that he earns in his boxing matches to stem cell research and his efforts have been profiled on Emmy Award winning HBO series Real Sports, ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated and Yahoo.
In 2013, he was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. He was honored as the 2005 Marty Glickman Outstanding Jewish Scholastic (college) Athlete of the Year by the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. In 2013, he was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
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