Mooresville, N.C. (Deceased)

Melchor, a 108-lb flyweight, had the honor of being the first fight on the first card of the inaugural Carolinas Golden Gloves in Charlotte in 1933. He was the first champion crowned in the event. Melchor won 1933, 1934 and 1936 flyweight championships of the Carolinas Golden Gloves. In 1936 he earned a trip to the National A.A.U. Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was eliminated in his first bout. His most memorable bouts were with Clifford Smith of Charlotte and Ben Mayfield of Asheville. He beat Smith twice but lost to Mayfield in the 1935 finals when Mayfield was knocked down twice and Melchor was downed three times. The Melchor-Mayfield bout was remembered as one of the greatest fights ever. Melchor was drafted by the U.S. Air Force and served in World War II in England. It was England where Melchor fought his final bout, knocking out a Puerto Rican bantamweight. His career record was 21-2. He died in 1985.

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