Parsley (left) gave the scrappy Boyd Melson his first loss in his last fight (Photo by BoricuaBoxing.com).
“The Sniper” Faces Dustin Reinhold at the House of Blues
Delen “The Sniper” Parsley (7-0, 2 KOs) is headed back to the ring on Thursday night after taking very little time to enjoy the biggest win of his young professional career, a unanimous decision victory over then undefeated Boyd Melson this past March. Opposite him at the House of Blues in Boston will be Dustin Reinhold (5-2, 2 KOs), a local native with two stoppages in his five career wins.
“We wanted to stay more active,” Parlsey said of quickly returning to the ring after the eight-round battle with Melson. “I didn’t know it would be this quick of a turnaround, but I’m also not mad at it because we stay in the gym constantly. I don’t mind staying active, staying more busy.”
At this point in his career, Parsley says he remains more focused on his own preparation rather than overly concern himself about his opponent, a plan that has proven to be very successful so far in his professional career.
“I focus on being in shape and being 100%, and I adapt once I’m in the ring,” he remarked. “My opponent might fight one way in one video and then fight me a totally different way, so I just focus solely on me being ready and being in shape.”
With the scrap against Melson being part of Lou DiBella’s Broadway Boxing Series, the fight has aired on TV on numerous occasions, giving all fight fans a chance to get a good look at the will and determination that Parsley displays in the ring. In the bout, both fighters touched the canvas and battled until the final bell.
“A lot of people got to see that I have heart, I have determination,” Parsley stated of that fight. “We did go down twice, but we were able to get up, fight and push through it. It opened a lot of eyes and showed that I’m not just here to say I’m here to do it. I’m actually doing it.”
With a solid fan base in the New York/New Jersey region, Parsley now looks to spread his audience into Boston, and the Brooklyn native says he is more than happy to travel anywhere to keep building his boxing resume.
“I really leave it up to Lou DiBella, my promoter, but I’m willing to go anywhere, you know what I mean?” he commented. “I’ll put on a show anywhere. Wherever we go, we usually leave with a decent fan base. I don’t want people to say I only fight in New York, I only fight in New Jersey. I want people to know I go wherever I have to go and beat whoever I have to beat.”
Heading into the Thursday pairing, the undefeated junior middleweight confirmed he is ready to go.
“Mentally, I’m good,” he said. “We had a great camp. We worked hard, we trained hard. We treat every fight like it’s a title fight. Mentally, I’m 100% there, and I’m feeling strong and solid. The hardest part of the fight is the scale. Once you make that weight, it’s just another day at the office.”