Heading FOX PBC Fight Night for the first time, the 19-year-old welterweight prodigy takes a Christmas knockout victory in front of fans in his hometown of New Jersey.
Rising welterweight prospect Vito Mielnicki Jr. was victorious via TKO in the 10th round on Saturday night as he beat Nicolas DeLomba in the FOX PBC Fight Night main event and on FOX Deportes live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
“It was a nice right hand that hurt him,” Mielnicki Jr. said. “He was a tough guy and he made me work all night. At 19 I was doing 10 laps, I felt well and my wind was good. I wish everyone a Merry Christmas. I am blessed to hold this position and we really can’t wait to be back in 2022. “
Fighting in front of a hometown crowd, the Roseland, New Jersey native Mielnicki (10-1, 7 KOs) began to find a spot for his attack in the third round when a clean right hook connected on DeLomba. (16-4, 5 KOs) and temporarily froze it. Mielnicki followed with a vicious flurry as DeLomba attempted to move and stay tight in his guard in order to survive the round.
DeLomba eventually started ramping up his offense in the fourth round, snagging good overhand rights, but still struggled to slow his 19-year-old opponent down. Part of his problems stemmed from his own strategy of following Mielnicki around the ring, as the young fighter was able to shoot consistently, deviate from a counter and get back into position to attack again.
“I think in this fight I definitely showed my boxing skills,” Mielnicki Jr. said. “I was using my feet. Everyone knows me as a puncher and pressure guy. I was there- down with a tough guy and I want to thank him for sharing the ring with me tonight. ”
Mielnicki followed this strategy on his way to a big advantage in the overall landed punches, logging on 150 to DeLomba’s 55, according to CompuBox. Mielnicki was also able to build up a big advantage in powerful shots with a total of 105-41.
The action remained in Mielnicki’s favor for the remainder of the fight, as Mielnicki entered the 10th round for the first time in his career. DeLomba almost avoided big trouble until the final bell, but a huge right hand from Mielnicki left him reeling and injured in the 10th final round. Appearing on weak legs, Mielnicki pounced on DeLomba and forced referee Eric Dali, on DeLomba’s corner advice, to give up the fight at 1:49 of the final round.
“I just want to keep growing and growing next year,” Mielnicki Jr. said. “I might get some undercards next year, or I’d love to participate in the main event here at the Prudential Center again. “
Joey Spencer closes 2021 with explosive knockout win
In the main co-event, sensational prospect Joey Spencer (14-0, 10 KOs) delivered a fifth round knockout Limberth Ponce (18-5, 11 KOs), landing a clean right hook that ended their super welterweight contest.
“He’s a fighter and he came to win,” Spencer said. “I planned to look sharp and used my previous experiences to help me in this fight. The punch I needed was there at the end.”
Rising prospect Spencer started the fight patiently, looking to work his jab and mix in an explosive lead left hook. He also sought to target Ponce’s body, landing 26 body shots throughout the fight. Spencer held an overall advantage of 60-19 in landed punches.
Spencer broke through in the fifth round, knocking down Ponce with a combination in the opening moments of the fight. Later in the round, Spencer injured Ponce with a powerful left hook that faltered his opponent and meant the fight could be over shortly.
As Spencer continued to rush his beleaguered opponent, he would eventually land a booming right hook that put Ponce hard, prompting referee Eric Dali to stop the fight at 1:24 of the turn. =
Rajon Chance beats Elon De Jesus on the other hand
Chance and De Jesus met on Saturday night in a rematch of their September bout that ended in a majority draw. Their rivalry dates back to a 2018 amateur duel won by Chance by split decision.
Chance had the majority of his success when he managed to keep the distance and work off his jab, while De Jesus gained confidence throughout the bout, going the distance and landing hard punches at the end of the fight. interior. While De Jesus threw more punches (223-182), it was Chance who possessed the 59-48 advantage in landed punches, connecting 32% to De Jesus’ 22%.
In a physical final that saw the pair trade low blows in search of an exclamation point to their long-standing rivalry, it was Chance who worked their way to victory by split decision. A judge scored the fight 58-56 for De Jesus, but was called off by scores of 59-55 and 58-56 for Chance.
“The key to the fight was my jab,” Chance said. “I just had to stick with that throughout the fight and have fun. I stayed a lot more disciplined and focused than in the first fight. I can’t wait to start again. I will continue to build and build myself. have fun in 2022. “
Yoelvis Gomez makes memorable US debut
The show also featured undefeated Cuban hopeful Yoelvis Gomez (5-0, 5 KOs) who won a first round knockout over Clay Collard (9-6-3, 4 KOs) in their super welterweight bout. .
“The strategy was to go there calmly, but I felt early on that he couldn’t handle the speed and power with my hand,” Gomez said. “I just relaxed and let him in.”
Havana native Gomez injured Collard almost instantly out of the gate, knocking him down with a combination that caused him to step up his aggression in hopes of ending the fight sooner. Collard, who had a reputation for upsetting and giving tough challenges to growing prospects, couldn’t recover from the first shot he took.
“I knew he was a tough fighter so I prepared myself with that mentality to get the job done,” Gomez said. “A lot of people say he beat good fighters so my only goal was to get him out.”
Gomez scored a knockdown in the round with a vicious combination of left-right hooks and ended the fight soon after with a relentless burst that forced referee Earl Brown to call off the fight at 2:11 am.
Kenneth Sims Jr. impresses on FS1
On the FS1 TV show that preceded the fights on FOX, Kenneth Sims Jr. (17-2-1, 5 KOs) made their way to a unanimous decision on previously undefeated Keshawn williams (8-1-1, 2 KOs) after eight rounds of welterweight action. The judges scored the bout 77-75 and 79-73 twice, all in favor of the Sims.
The action on FS1 also saw an undefeated super welterweight prospect Travon Marshall (4-0, 3 KOs) win a TKO at 2:18 of the fourth round against Brian jones (15-13, 9 KOs), plus Newark’s Michael anderson (22-3-1, 16 KOs) scored a third round knockout Noah Lopez (10-5-1, 4 KOs) 33 seconds after the start of the round.
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