Vito Mielnicki Jr. looked like he would score a second straight quick knockout Saturday night.
Steven Pulluaim managed to go the space with him, although, after Mielnicki scored knockdowns in every of the primary two rounds of their six-round welterweight bout. Mielnicki nonetheless soundly defeated Pulluaim on all three scorecards, as judges David Jacobucci, Javier Alvarez, and Javier Martinez scored it a shutout, 60-52, for Mielnicki on the Errol Spence Jr.-Danny Garcia undercard at AT&T Stadium.
Mielnicki, an 18-year-old welterweight from Roseland, New Jersey, improved to 7-0 (four KOs). Pulluaim, of Riverside, Missouri, dropped to 5-3 (1 KO).
“It was a great learning expertise,” Mielnicki informed BoxingScene.com. “It’s the primary time I noticed rounds 5 and 6. It’s a marathon, not a dash. I’ve rather a lot to study. On to the subsequent learning-curve battle.”
Mielnicki, who’s growing below coach Joe Goossen, appeared overly reliant on his proper hand within the remaining few rounds, as he tried to knock out Pulluaim. The 30-year-old Pulluaim, who hasn’t been knocked out in eight professional fights, tried to tough up Mielnicki within the third and fourth rounds when Mielnicki wasn’t as effective as he had been in every of the primary two rounds.
Mielnicki cracked with Pulluaim with an overhand proper early within the second spherical. A physique shot by Mielnicki despatched Pulluaim to the canvas for the second time within the bout with 1:10 to go within the second spherical, although Pulluaim claimed that shot hit him beneath the belt.
Mielnicki scored the primary knockdown of the battle about 1:05 into it, because of a proper hand that landed on the highest of Pulluaim’s head. Pulluaim contended that shot him on the again of the pinnacle.
Within the battle following Mielnicki’s victory, Mexico’s Isaac Avelar overcame sport Namibian featherweight contender Sakaria Lukas in a 10-rounder.
Judges Robert Chapa, David Jacobucci, and Javier Martinez all scored the motion 98-92 for Avelar, who received a unanimous choice to enhance to 16-3 (10 KOs). Lukas misplaced for the first time in 9 years as a professional (23-1, 16 KOs).
Sakaria changed Miguel Flores as Avelar’s opponent on about one week’s notice as soon as Flores moved up on the undercard to face Eduardo Ramirez in a WBA world featherweight championship elimination match. Mexico’s Ramirez was speculated to face countryman Julio Ceja, but Ceja contracted COVID-19 and was compelled to withdraw from their battle.