News: Israel Perez; Lee McAllister; Boyd Melson

Argentinean lightweight contender Israel "Cachito" Perez (23-2-1, 13 KOs) has signed a managerial agreement with middleweight champion Sergio Martinez's Maravilla Box and a long-term promotional agreement with promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing. 33-year-old Perez, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a former WBA Fedelatin Super Featherweight Champion, and as an amateur, represented Argentina at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Perez is currently undefeated in 15 fights..

Perez, as a new member of the Maravilla Box stable, which in addition to Sergio Martinez also includes world-ranked fighters such as Javier Fortuna, Alexander Brand, Hector Saldivia and uncrowned light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo, will now be trained by super trainer Pablo Sarmiento.

"Israel has had long periods of inactivity and we're going to fix that," said Lewkowicz. "We've got him at the right weight now where he is very strong and ready to make his mark in the lightweight division. The difference in his technique and ability will be noticeable right away now that he's working with Pablo as well.


Lee McAllister’s name will be heading up another Aberdeen bill next Friday – but this time he won’t be the one doing the fighting.

Instead, the Commonwealth light-welterweight champion – still recovering from the elbow injury which cost him European title glory against Denis Shafikov in February – is continuing his hand at promoting under his Granite City Banner.

Topping the bill at the Beach Ballroom on May 25th will be his younger brother, Matthew.

Unbeaten welterweight Matthew has racked up four straight wins since turning professional last September, including an impressive three round stoppage of Wiltshire’s Aaron Fox at the St Andrew’s Sporting Club in Glasgow last month.

Tommy Gilmour – who manages both McAllisters – said: “Lee’s still being treated for his elbow injury and it will be later in the year before we know exactly when he’ll be able to return to the ring.

Lee’s keen to remain as active as possible in boxing while injured and has decided to promote younger brother Matthew to the main event.

“Lee has built up a huge following in Aberdeen over the years and has packed out the Beach Ballroom on numerous occasions, and now he’s determined to help Matthew build his own support.

“Matthew has certainly impressed everyone in his four fights so far and some pundits have even tipped him to be better than Lee.

“I don’t think Lee’s quite ready to admit that yet, but he’s certainly determined to give Matthew the best possible opportunity to build a successful career and get himself into title contention.”

Unbeaten Aberdeen super-featherweight Darren Traynor – a former US Golden Gloves winner with two KOs in his two pro fights so far – provides the main support.

And lightweight Arran McKelvie from Dundee, who has lost just one of his five fights, is also in action. Arran, a former amateur star, is keen to get back to winning form and put himself into contention for a Scottish Title challenge.

Making up the 4 fight bill is unbeaten Glasgow middleweight Gary McCallum. McCallum who recently won in Inverness is developing into one of the most exciting young prospects on the Scottish scene after only 4 fights. This is the 21 year olds 2nd fight outside of Glasgow and shows his enthusiasm to do well and not be known only as a home town fighter.

This will be an exciting evening of boxing at the Beach Ballroom and will live up to its reputation as one of Scotlands most exciting venues.

Gilmour added: “Scottish boxing is in its healthiest state for years and the North East is a real hotbed for stars of the future, so it will be good for all of these up and comers to showcase themselves in front of partisan crowds.”

For tickets please contact Yvonne Cruickshank at PandaRosa Metals on 01224 632 218

Melson Returns June 14!

New York, NY (May 18, 2012) – Captain Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson will make his return to the ring Thursday, June 14 when he battles rugged veteran Enrique Gallegos in a six round junior middleweight bout at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom.

On March 7, Melson battled unbeaten Delen Parsley in a bout that renowned broadcaster Steve Farhood called one of the best in Broadway Boxing history. In the eight-round slugfest with Parsley, Melson, 8-1 (4 KO’s), was credited with two hard knockdowns but ultimately dropped a hotly-contested decision.

With a deceptive professional ledger of 6-5 with 1 knockout, Gallegos battled 2004 Olympian Donnie Orr, K.J. Noons, Sammy Gonzalez and contender Derek Ennis. The Medford, OR native, who fought most of his bouts in his opponents’ hometowns, holds victories over Miguel Pasillas (7-2) and Joe Mills (3-1).

“I’m expecting another tough fight and I plan to fight with my heart's passion for both me and my supporters,” said Melson, who continues to donate his entire purse in association with a Clinical Trial taking place in the United States to help cure Spinal Cord Injuries. “I was hoping for my second consecutive 8 round bout, but there was not enough room on this card. Enrique’s been in with quality fighters and he keeps coming. I know he’s not coming to New York to lie down. He has a tremendous chin and the ability to recover extremely quickly. He is going to make me fight hard for each of the 6 rounds.”

The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and tickets are available by going to All tickets purchased on can be picked up at the Roseland Ballroom's will call window on fight night under the credit card holder's name.

In association with, Melson created Team Fight to Walk, whose mission is to raise awareness within the boxing community as well as the entire nation about the importance of bringing Clinical Trials to the United States to help cure Spinal Cord Injuries. Team Fight to Walk is comprised of Melson, former two-time cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham, title contender DeAndre “The Bull” Latimore, Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana, Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr., 2008 US Olympians Demetrius “Boo” Andrade and Shawn Estrada along with prospects Sid “The Messenger” El Harrak, Denis “Da Momma’s Boy” Douglin, Will “Power” Rosinsky, Floriano “Italiano” Pagliara, Danny “Little Mac” McDermott, Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien, Ahmed “Prince of Egypt” Samir and Delen “Sniper” Parsley.

For more information or to make a donation, go to or All specific questions about the nature of the Clinical Trial to cure Spinal Cord Injury can be sent to

Article posted on 18.05.2012

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