welterweight prospect vito mielnicki jr. will fight in main event on special CHRISTMAS DAY fox telecast.
Vito Mielnicki Jr. (9-1, 6 KOs) vs. Nicholas DeLomba (16-3, 5 KOs)
Date: Saturday, Dec. 25
Time: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT (main event later in show)
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
At stake: No major titles
Pound-for-pound ranking: None
Odds: Mielnicki 22½ favorite (average of multiple outlets)
Also on the card: Joey Spencer (13-0, 9 KOs) vs. Limberth Ponce (18-4, 11 KOs), middleweights
Prediction: Mielnicki UD
Background: Mielnicki, a former amateur star who had been too slick for his professional opponents, slipped up against underdog James Martin by losing a majority decision this past April. The 19-year-old from New Jersey was scheduled face his conqueror in an immediate rematch but Martin came in overweight and was replaced by Noah Kidd, who lasted less than two full rounds against a determined Mielnicki in July. This will be Mielnicki’s first scheduled 10-rounder. DeLomba, who fights out of Florida, shouldn’t be a significant threat to the young prospect. He hasn’t fought since February of last year, meaning he will have been out of the ring for 22 months. And things didn’t go well that night: He lost a shutout decision to unbeaten junior welterweight prospect Richardson Hitchins in a 10-round bout. DeLomba has fought between 140 and 147 pounds the past several years. Another prospect, middleweight Joey Spencer, will face journeyman Limberth Ponce on Saturday. Spencer ended up fighting – and outpointing – Martin the same night Mielnicki knocked out Kidd.