Boyd "The Rainmaker" Melson
Former WBC Junior Middleweight USNBC Champion
WBC Military Ambassador / Ambassador of Peace
RX Water, The Official Water of the World Boxing Council is proud to announce Boyd “The Rainmaker” Melson as an official RX Ambassador. “A Rainmaker vibrates with a light that inspires others with hope as to how bright their own light can shine." Boyd Melson’s story is of powerful leadership, giving and hope.
Boyd Melson, born to European Jewish mother and Louisiana Creole father, is a graduate of The United States Military Academy at West Point. Boyd began his 47-month West Point experience on June 28, 1999. It was during his freshman (Plebe) year at The Academy that he was introduced to the “sweet science” of boxing. Melson would go on to have a very successful national and international amateur boxing career that included the accolades of: Three-time Collegiate Boxing All-American, Four-Time All Army Boxing Champion, Three-Time Armed Forces Boxing Champion, World Military Boxing Championships, Bronze Medalist at the 2005 U.S. Nationals, Silver Medalist at the 2006 U.S. Championships, 5th Place Finisher at the 2005 Men’s World Amateur Boxing Champions, and an Alternate for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team. Boyd is also an Iraq Combat Veteran, a Major in the Army Reserve, and on the Advisory Board of Stop Soldier Suicide.
Being introduced to the world of boxing would become very important in Melson’s life, but not in the stereotypical way. In 2002 Melson met and fell in love with a young lady named Christan Zaccagnino. They spent six years in a relationship together. When they started dating Boyd promised Christan that for the rest of his life, he would never give up on helping Christan achieve her dream of walking again. You see, Christan had a horrific accident at the age of ten years old diving into a swimming pool where she suffered a broken neck that severely damaged her spinal cord. Together they formed a 501c3 non-profit foundation called Team Fight to Walk with the mission of raising awareness and making all possible efforts to fund a cure for spinal cord injuries in the United States.