Battle of Unbeatens: Parsley Ready for Melson

Parsley faces Melson in a meeting of two undefeated fighters.

Delen “The Sniper” Parsley (6-0, 2 KOs) and Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson (8-0, 4 KOs) will both be putting their perfect professional records on the line next Wednesday at BB Kings in New York City, fighting on the latest installment of Lou DiBella’s Broadway Boxing Series. A lot of energy is already surrounding this bout, with both of the popular New York junior middleweights proving they have no fear in taking a jump in competition so early in their careers.

“With this fight, we were looking to be matched pretty well, pretty tough,” Parsley said of the upcoming bout. “Boyd and I were on a card together, and it was taking forever to find me an opponent. All of the opponents I was getting were undefeated, tough fighters, so I was like ‘Why is it so hard to match me up, but on two days notice, they can get Boyd an opponent?’ We put that statement out there, so they came back at us and asked if we wanted to fight Boyd. We’re not going to back down, so we said ‘Yeah, we’ll fight him.’”

The last time two notable young prospects and local favorites decided to put it on the line this early in their careers was in January on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights, when Parsley’s cousin Denis “Da Momma’s Boy” Douglin (14-1, 8 KOs) and Steven Martinez (11-1, 9 KOs) laced up their gloves in Key West. Douglin picked up the huge victory via split decision, and the thought process he underwent in taking the bout is basically verbatim to the reasoning Parsley gave in what made him decide to accept this fight.

“In order to be the best, you have to beat the best,” Parsley remarked. “I feel it doesn’t matter if your record is 8-0 or 3-5. If you’re in my weight, than I have to beat you. I don’t want one of those records that people look at and think it was padded. I’m willing to fight anyone they put in front of me at anytime. Undefeated, not undefeated - I’m looking to establish myself as a good fighter. I don’t want to be one of those fighters who have 21 wins and never fought anyone, know what I mean?”

While this pairing with Melson is certainly the most important of his young professional career, the 24-year-old Parsley says significant change was not needed in his training for this bout. Rather, precise and more focused adjustments were applied by his team, which is led by well known Gleason’s trainer and his father, Delen “Blimp” Parsley.

“With this camp, I sparred nothing but southpaws. Usually, I’ll spar anybody to get a look, but we stuck strictly to southpaws,” the Brooklyn native stated. “We started training early for this one. I’ve been training for almost eight weeks now, and we did a few things differently. We didn’t make too many adjustments, but we did make a few because this is a really big fight. We only made little changes, but I feel we made the right changes, the proper changes.”

With the magnitude of this contest still building momentum, Parsley admitted he has played out the scene he expects next Wednesday night in his mind on a few occasions.

“Oh yeah, I’ve gone over it numerous times in my head,” he confirmed. “Most times, a fight is like every other fight. We go in there with the mentality to let your hands go and outgun the opponent. But with this fight, I’m going to be more relaxed. I’m not going to put as much pressure on myself as I did in my past few fights. I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself, but, at the end of the day, if you relax, your punches come off more. So I’m going to try and be more slick, more elusive, and I’m just going to be more relaxed. I’m not going to go in there looking for the knockout or being too intense or too nervous. At the end of the day, what’s going to happen is what’s going to happen, so I’m just going to let the cards play out.”

Most boxers are not willing to make the move that Parsley and Melson did in accepting such a big fight so early in their careers, and Parsley says a statement was made when he inked his name on the contract for this battle.

“This shows that I’m not afraid to step up. This shows that I can hang with these fighters who are undefeated,” he commented. “Boyd’s a good fighter. I’ve known Boyd for a long time, and he’s a good fighter. He has 100-and-something amateur fights… I don’t. So it’s like I’m just showing him the guy with the lack of experience can still prevail in a tough fight. What I lack in amateur experience, I make up in skill.”

Doors at BB Kings for this installment of Lou DiBella’s Broadway Boxing will open at 6:30 p.m., with the first bell slated to ring at 7:30 p.m.

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