By Jon Uddin✏
New Jersey’s 🇺🇸Vito Mielnicki Jr. (4-0-0, 3KO) continues to balance his duties as a high school senior and a professional fighter, as he enters his fourth bout Saturday on the undercard to Julian Williams vs Jeison Rosario.
Jan 18, 2020 / W UD (40-36, 40-36, 40-36)
Fight Review: The 27 year old from Parkersburg, West Virginia didn’t pose a threat in the power department, but as the first southpaw Mielnicki has faced as a pro, Wilson presented a challenge the young prospect hadn’t seen yet, using the ring well enough to avoid being the fourth opponent to be stopped by the 17 year old. That being said the high school senior still did good work, consistently going to the body while working patiently behind three and four punch combinations that he finished off with either a left hook up top, or right hand to the body. Wilson was able to give Mielnicki rounds which is important early on in his career as every ounce of experience pays off down the road.
Jan 14, 2020 / Prospect Analysis: The 17 year old who goes by the ring alias of “White Magic”, is off and running as a pro. He made his debut on Shakur Stevenson’s undercard in July of 2019, becoming the youngest fighter to be licensed professionally in New Jersey. In that fight, Mielnicki defeated Tamarcus Smith by first round knockout. Two months later he headed to Texas where he repeated his performance, ending Caleb Bailey’s night inside the first round. The Roseland, New Jersey native finished the year out on the Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz undercard in Las Vegas where it took him two rounds to finish off Marklin Bailey.
With a solid 5’11” frame, Mielnicki uses his length well, fighting behind a good jab that helps him set up a right hand that has proved to be a game changer against opponents so far. The best example of where he stands right now came in his last fight against Marklin Bailey, who managed to provide the best work for the young prospect in his first year. Bailey backed Mielnicki into the ropes with a right hand but in turn was on the receiving end of the 17 year old’s counter right hook that sent Bailey reeling backwards. A left hook soon after sent Bailey stumbling back again and Mielnicki, who was going in for the finish, was cut off by referee Russell Mora, who stopped the bout.
Mielnicki, who came in with a 147-22 record as an amateur and was a four time Junior National Gold Gloves Champion, shows good patience for his age, works well behind his jab, and carries a heavy right hand. Throw a decent left hook and a left uppercut that he works in when in range, and the self described boxer-puncher is bringing a solid arsenal for future development.
Jan 14, 2020 / The Opposition: Saturday night, Mielnicki will be facing six year pro 🇺🇸Preston “The Italian Stallion” Wilson (6-3-1, 4KO) from Parkersburg, West Virginia. With ten fights on his resumé Wilson’s opposition combined record is 19-16-4, the toughest opposition being undefeated Junior-Welterweight Mykquan Williams, who he suffered a knockout to in the final seconds of the first round. Last year the 27 year old southpaw fought just once, picking up a unanimous decision victory over Virgel Windfield in a four round bout.
Jan 14, 2020 / Fight Outlook: There’s not much out there on Preston Wilson, but there’s enough to see that he will most likely fall the way of Mielnicki’s previous three opponents. The five year advantage Wilson has as a pro won’t have any bearing in this matchup as Mielnicki’s amateur pedigree has him levels ahead in terms of ability. Once Mielnicki finds his range, he will open up offensively on Wilson who lacks the power to get his respect, and the footwork to navigate his way out of trouble. Wilson should provide plenty of opportunities for Mielnicki to get plenty of work in to the body, and at some point will feel the power of Mielnicki’s right hand. Expect this to be Mielnicki’s fourth knockout in as many fights.
Record: 4-0-0, 3KO
From: Roseland, New Jersey
KO rate: 75%
Alias: White Magic
Signed: Premier Boxing Champions
Debut: July 13, 2019
Years pro: 1
Trainer: Muhammad Salaam, Dwyke Flemings
1-18-2020: Preston Wilson (W, UD 4)
Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
11-23-2019: Marklin Bailey (W, TKO 2/4)
MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
9-20-2019: Caleb Bailey (W, KO 1/4)
La Hacienda Event Center, Midland, Texas
7-13-2019: Tamarcus Smith (W, KO 1/4)
Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey