“Suffering Inspires Evolution”
As a plebe at West Point, Maj. Melson took a mandatory boxing class. Later that year, he knocked out the Captain of the Boxing team. The next year, he won the Collegiate National Championships. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Army's World Class Athlete Program. He became the World Military Boxing Champion, finished 5th at the Amateur World Championships, and was a 2008 US Olympic Team Alternate.
“I always told myself, with every opponent, that I do not have to be a better fighter than this man- I just need to be better than them now.” After his junior year at West Point, Melson fell in love with a young woman paralyzed in a wheelchair. He promised her he would never give up on helping her walk again. Two-years after WCAP, Melson turned pro in order to raise money and awareness for Spinal Cord Injury research; simultaneously working a full time job in Corporate America and being in the Army Reserve. Melson donated every penny he earned in the ring throughout his career to fulfill his promise to her. Along the way, Melson won the WBC Junior Middleweight United States Championships. “Whenever it got hard, I remembered my promise.”