“It’s better to build boys – then mend men”
-Earl Sully Sullivan
-Earl Sully Sullivan
Eddie Melo lived his life dedicated to the sport of boxing. It was part of his life. His day to day routines were governed by shaping and molding himself into the ultimate warrior. He would often sacrifice day to day distractions such as indulging in rich foods, partying late evenings with his friends, or even slacking when his body was fatigued. Most of his time Eddie could be found at Sully’s Boxing Gym training. It was this dedication that allowed him to develop phenomenal boxing skills, and ultimately led him to become the well-renowned champion that he was. The lessons learned in the boxing club pertained not only to the physical skills of boxing but to the values that shaped and molded Eddie as a man. The gym gave him, as it would give any athlete, physical strength and stamina, but it was the values of Earl Sully Sullivan that shaped Eddie and many of the fighters from his gym to become the inspiration that would lead others to follow in their footstep.
A legend is someone that inspires, and truly Eddie was such an individual. Not only in the ring but outside the ring. As a fighter he had grace in victory and acceptance in defeat. As a son, a brother, a father and as a friend, Eddie upheld the values of loyalty, honesty, trust and above all love. Even in death his legacy can never be destroyed. Eddie may not be with us physically but it his spirit that still inspires and drives many to try and improve the condition of young boys and girls struggling to overcome hardships. One of the principles of the boxing club was to provide a safe environment for young boys and girls. Eddie never forgot this very important principle. He passed it on to his family members, especially his children and they have now assumed the mantle, that unfortunately he is not here to pursue himself. It was from this man, that the spirit for the creation of the Eddie Melo Legacy Organization was born.
“Guys used to tell me when I was a kid I was headed for trouble, to keep my nose clean, all that stuff, but as a kid you don’t believe anything. Here I am now saying the same things to other kids.”
– EDDIE MELO.
The Eddie Melo Legacy Organization has been founded by his daughter, Jessica, and his brother Joey in memory of the late Eddie “the Hurricane” Melo, championship Canadian boxer, and contender at a young age for the Canadian Light Heavyweight and middleweight Championship. Eddie was tragically murdered, at the age of 40. Since her father’s death, Jessica has been determined to help others in her father’s name.
The Mission of the Organization is best summed as: “helping young at-risk amateur boxers experience positive influence and sociability and to help keep them off the streets and in the boxing gym. As well as children who have lost a parent due to a homicide, … giving back to them and sponsoring them through athletics, academics, fine arts… anything that can help lessen the burden and give them support during such a tragic time.”
Born in Portugal, Eddie came to Canada with his family at a young age, and is the eldest of five children. He was given the opportunity by Sully O’Sullivan, to train which is when he found his passion for boxing, and by seventeen, with hard work and dedication, he became a professional boxer with an unprecedented record of wins in the ring, and was deemed one of Canada’s most exciting boxers.
A sportsman and a gentleman, Eddie always wanted to give back, he encouraged kids. He saw boxing in particular as a great, positive channel for the enthusiasm of youth, and to keep them off the streets and out of trouble and learn about respect and being true to yourself. Now the Organization hopes to do so in his name, reaching out to all sorts of underprivileged youth with education, training, sponsorships and other events including arranging several amateur cards for up and coming boxers to compete and fine-tune their skills in the ring.
Adds Jessica: ” It is going to be life changing … doing something good on behalf of my dad, because I know that is what he would be doing if he was here.
1970: Eddie began training at a very early age. By the time he was ten years old he was already known as Eddie “The Kid” Melo
1974: Eddie quickly became a “force to be reckoned with” in the ring. He would come “Roaring in” against his opponent and was referred to as “the Lion”.
1978: One of Eddie’s signature fight’s was against Fernand Marcotte, a favorite to win the fight. However, Eddie proved them all wrong. Like a “Hurricane” he flew into the ring and overpowered his opponent, going the distance with a valiant opponent. It was this fight that skyrocketed Eddie’s boxing career.
1979: Eddie became a sensation in Quebec. Filling the Montreal Forum often to capacity in many of his professional fights. His fans were riveted by his veracity as he entered the ring. This earned Eddie the nickname “L’Ouragan” (Hurricane)