Parsley's record now stands at 7-0 after the hard-fought victory (Photo by Carlos Suarez, BoricuaBoxing.com).
Editorial Feature by John Archibald
New York Native Stays Undefeated after Winning Battle of Unbeatens
Delen “Sniper” Parsley (7-0, 2 KOs) and Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson (8-1, 4 KOs) put on a intense show for a packed house at BB Kings in Manhattan on Wednesday night, both showcasing an incredible amount of heart and will in the back-and-forth battle of unbeatens. Every last second of the eight rounds of action would be needed in what was the co-feature of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing, with Parsley emerging victorious from the bout after securing a unanimous decision win.
“The fight was a really tough fight. It brought a lot out of me,” Parsley reflected on Thursday evening, one day after the scrap. “It showed me another side of myself that a lot of people didn’t think I had in me. It showed a lot of heart, it showed a lot of guts, and it showed a lot of grit because I did get dropped in the second round. To come back from being dropped in the second round and finish off six hard rounds after that, and drop him in the eighth, I think that showed a lot of people what I have in me.”
Three total knockdowns occurred in this encounter, with the two mentioned by Parsley and a second for Melson in the sixth frame. Despite the setbacks, Parsley battled through and displayed amazing will and a skillful boxing set that eventually led to a 75-74 count matched with a pair of 76-73 tallies on the scorecards. The second round knockdown was one that had Parsley in trouble, but the New York native says the situation forced his mind to where it needed to be after fighting through the pain so he could get his legs back under him.
“I was like ‘alright, relax. Calm down and don’t panic’ because when you panic, that’s when you run into other shots,” Parsley said of that second frame. “Just slip and don’t look to grab because they were saying before the fight to look for me to grab and saying that I hold a lot. I wanted to spin off and catch his punches. Hopefully, he comes on strong and punches himself out a little bit, which I had seen him doing. Once I felt like I had my legs all the way back, I started boxing again.”
And box he did. Parsley recovered between the second and third rounds, and he got back to being more tactically sound when the next bell rang. Going into the final frame of this extremely contested match-up, he knew the scorecards had to be close, and he stamped an imprint onto the minds of the ringside judges when he found Melson on a nicely scripted two-punch combination.
“I showed him the jab, and then I threw a right hook because that’s something you can catch a southpaw with,” he commented when asked about how he set up that eighth round knockdown. “I showed him the left, and he watched it because I was jabbing him all night. Then I stepped to the side and threw the right hook. I was trying to land that the whole night, but Boyd is a great fighter. He was coming in strong, and he was pushing the pace. I tried to land that shot all night, and I landed it when it counted.”
With this huge win under his belt, the six-foot-two Parsley now looks forward to a very promising future. Just 24-years-old, the extremely fit junior middleweight spoke with excitement about what the rest of 2012 could hold for him and his team.
“Hopefully, we have another 2-3-4 good fights this year,” Parsley remarked. “I can finally get on ShoBox and show what we have to the world, not just to my local New York fan base. I’m looking to get out there and hopefully get on TV. Once we go through the next 5-6-7 fights, we can go for an NABO belt or something like that. I’m 7-0 and already fighting eight-rounders. There are people 14, 15-0 still fighting sixers. We’re fighting the rounds we need to fight and fighting the opponents we need to fight, and I’m here to stay. I feel like this was my statement fight. I could’ve made it a little easier and did make it hard on myself, but, at the end of the day, I fought someone with two more fights than me and way more amateur experience than me. But I still came out successful.”
Throughout our conversation, Parsley spoke with high praise for Melson, someone he calls a good friend and “big brother” of his in boxing. A West Point graduate and U.S. Army Captain, Melson is the frontman of Team Walk to Fight, and he donates all of his fight money to fund stem cell research in the battle against spinal cord injuries (www.justadollarplease.org). While he may have gone toe-to-toe for 24 hard-fought minutes with him on Wednesday night, Parsley joins Melson in this humbling philanthropic effort, and he also donated all of his purse from this bout to the initiative.
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