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Rapid Reaction: Melson outpoints Ward

NEW YORK -- In what was the last boxing card at the legendary Roseland Ballroom in New York City, local fighter Boyd Melson from White Plains, N.Y., won a majority decision over Donald Ward on Wednesday night.

Melson (13-1-1, 4 KOs), a southpaw, started strongly but faded down the stretch after suffering an injury to his right arm. Ward (6-3, 3 KOs) turned up the pressure but ultimately failed to capitalize on the opportunity.

Key moment: Boyd was forced to change his form and style after suffering an injury to his right in the fourth round.

We've got your number: One. Melson came out firing on all cylinders in Round 1, but failed to maintain that sort of pace after.

Final word: The last card at the legendary Roseland Ballroom delivered, for the most part, but the main event didn't exactly go out with a bang.

Undercard: Veteran Ottis Griffin lost a unanimous decision to Joe Smith Jr., while Brooklyn's Heather Hardy survived a determined Cristina Fuentes from Laredo, Mexico, to score a split decision win in eight rounds.