By Jon Uddin✏
Three young prospects to watch will be in action on Saturday’s undercard to the much anticipated rematch between WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
Kicking things off will be 17 year old undefeated Welterweight 🇺🇸Vito “White Magic” Mielnicki (4-0-0, 3KO). The high school senior out of Roseland, New Jersey will face 🇺🇸Corey Champion (1-2-0, 1KO) of Charlottesville, Virginia in a four round contest.
Mielnicki is back in action just one month after his last fight where he defeated Preston Wilson by unanimous decision. Mielnicki never found himself in any danger in the fight, but the reach and awkward nature that the West Virginia native presented, made him think, and work more than he has had to so far in his young career, forcing him to go to the scorecards for the first time.
As for Champion, the 21 year old also fought just a month ago, dropping a unanimous decision to highly touted 17 year old Xander Zayas of Puerto Rico. After going the distance against Zayas, Champion once again finds himself as the opponent brought in for the development of a young prospect. Against Zayas, Champion showed plenty of toughness in making it to the final bell but the discrepancy in skill was clear, and that will be the case Saturday night in Las Vegas as well.
Later on the card, Stockton California’s undefeated Lightweight 🇺🇸Gabriel Flores Jr. (16-0-0, 6KO) will be in a eight round bout against Pittsburgh’s 🇺🇸Matt “Sweet Child” Conway (17-1-0, 7KO). This will be the first fight for the 19 year old Flores in 2020, with his last outing in November resulting in a eight round unanimous decision over Aelio Mesquita who provided some push back throughout, but Flores clearly swept all three judges cards 80-72.
The 24 year old Conway has 18 fights under his belt, and suffered his first loss on the Shakur Stevenson/Joet Gonzalez undercard in October by split decision to Francisco Esparza.
Opening the main PPV card will be the young anomaly of the 154 pound division, 6’7″ 🇺🇸Sebastian “The Towering Inferno” (13-0-1, 9KO) Fundora of West Palm Beach, Florida. The height of the 22 year old southpaw is always the first topic of discussion when he takes the ring, but he is still learning how to use his size to his full advantage.
While Fundora remains unbeaten, his last outing in August ended in a 10 round split draw against Cincinnati southpaw Jamontay Clark, who also stands tall in the Super-Welterweight division at 6’2″. Fundora actually fought tall through most of the fight against Clark but found trouble with the athleticism of Clark and took more shots in the back end of the bout.
Saturday, Fundora will get back to enjoying an even more dramatic size advantage as his opponent 🇦🇺Daniel Lewis (6-0-0, 4KO) stands 5’10”. Lewis comes from Sydney, Australia and will be fighting in the United States for the second time, his first being an eight round unanimous decision win over Alexis Gaytan in Carson, California last year.
Mielnicki and Flores will be broadcast on the undercard portion on FS1 at 7pm ET. Fundora will open up the Fox/ESPN PPV broadcast at 9pm ET.