Mielnicki, Gomez, Spencer stop foes

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19-year-old welterweight prospect Vito “White Magic” Mielnicki Jr. (10-1, 7 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Nicholas “Nice Nick” DeLomba (16-4, 5 KOs) in the main event of a special FOX-televised Christmas Day boxing card at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Mielnicki launched a major assault in round three but DeLomba survived. After that, it was a methodical performance by Mielnicki until he rocked DeLomba in round ten and DeLomba’s corner pulled their man out. DeLomba complained to no avail. Time was 1:49.

Unbeaten WBA #6 super welterweight Yoelvis Gómez (5-0, 5 KOs) destroyed “Cassius” Clay Collard (9-6-3, 4 KOs) in the first round. Gomez dropped Collard in round one and got a referee’s stoppage after a vicious follow-up barrage. Time was 2:11. Collard created a buzz last year with three straight wins over unbeaten fighters, but he is now firmly entrenched at journeyman status after suffering his fourth straight loss.

Unbeaten middleweight Joey Spencer (13-0, 10 KOs) scored an explosive fifth round knockout against Limberth Ponce (18-5, 11 KOs). A left/right combination finished Ponce after four competitive rounds. Time was 1:24.

In a rematch between unbeaten featherweights who previously fought to a draw, Rajon Chance (6-0-1, 5 KOs) scored a six round split decision over Elon De Jesús (3-1-1, 2 KOs). Scores were 58-56, 59-55 Chance, 58-56 De Jesus.

Welterweight Kenneth “Bossman” Sims Jr. (17-2-1, 5 KOs) hammered out an eight round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Keeshawn Williams (8-1-1, 2 KOs). Sims in command all the way. Scores were 77-75, 79-73, 79-73.

Unbeaten super welterweight Travon Marshall (4-0, 3 KOs) punished journeyman Brian Jones (15-13, 9 KOs) until the bout was stopped at 2:18 of round four.

Welterweight Michael Anderson (22-3-1, 16 KOs) scored a third round knockout over Noe Lopez (10-5-1, 4 KOs). Anderson dropped Lopez twice in round three, the second time for the count. Time was :33.


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  • Good on Spencer and Mielnicki for getting stoppages. I’m sure DeLomba’s corner knows their fighter and they pulled him out and he had absolutely no chance to win that fight. Wish Vito had gone to the body a bit more with the way DeLomba holds his hands and I’d never seen him before, but he may want to consider dropping down to 140 – DeLomba.

    On the undercard, Sims looked really, really good.

  • If they had Kenny Sims on the card as a possible next opponent for Vito, his people better rethink that quick.

  • I know he’s young, but Mielnicki is nothing special or exciting. He fought a guy that threw about 4 punches a round and still couldn’t KO him. I guess this was the “best” they could find to fight on Xmas day.

  • I’m not entirely sold on either Spencer or Mielnicki! I know it’s early in their careers, but I don’t see them as really strong punchers and they certainly lack athleticism. Instead of being critical right now, which we tend to do, let me see 3-5 more fights before I decide! Right?!

    • put meinicki and spencer in against good competition i wonder why goosen quit training meinicki

  • Man why do they have to match clay collard with a straight up killer? He’s a popular journeyman whom I would much rather have seen matched up against someone of relative skill level not a super skilled, hard punching Cuban amateur champion. The main card had one competitive fight and the others were not compelling.

    • Yoelvis Gómez throws homeruns the whole time. An experienced fighter like Clay Collard should have the tools to “weather the storm” and take him a bit deeper. Collard had his 15 min and haven’t shown the ability to round out his skills to be taken more seriously. With a fighting name like “Cassius” Clay I expect you to be enough of a Boxing student to throw a decent jab. Gómez showed no respect at all for Collard.

  • Although Spencer and Mielnicki both won their matches, I’m not high on either of them. Spencer still leaves himself open for counters when he lets his hands go and will have trouble with higher level opponents.

    As for Mielnicki, he just didn’t go to the body often enough and kept going to his right almost exclusively instead of changing direction occasionally so he could land the left hook to the liver. A bit predictable at this point in his career. He also will have trouble as his caliber of opposition increases.

    The Cuban fighter Gomez was the most impressive fighter in the entire card. Collard is no slouch and always gives a good effort, but he was just overmatched and overpowered. Gomez has real punching power, something that Spencer and Mielnicki both lack. He was also precise in his punching and threw them in combination. There are few fighters who could hang with him in his weight class.

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