Vito Mielnicki Jr. vs Nicholas DeLomba: date, time, how to watch, background.
Welterweight prospect vito mielnicki jr. will fight in the main event on fox’s special christmas day 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
- TV/Stream: Fox
- Division: Welterweight
- Rounds: 10
- 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 slippery for his professional opponents, slipped against underdog James Martin in losing a majority decision last April. The 19-year-old from New Jersey was scheduled to face his conqueror in an immediate rematch, but Martin arrived 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-round bout. DeLomba, who fights out of Florida, should not be a significant threat to the young prospect. He hasn’t fought since February of last year, which means he will have been out of the ring for 22 months. And things didn’t go well that night: he lost a close decision to undefeated junior welterweight prospect Richardson Hitchins in a 10-round bout. DeLomba has fought between 140 and 147 pounds the past few years. Another contender, middleweight Joey Spencer, will face veteran Limberth Ponce on Saturday. Spencer ended up fighting – and beating – Martin the same night Mielnicki knocked out Kidd.