New York City —On Saturday night, Vito Mielnicki Jr. made it five straight wins.
The 20-year-old junior middleweight mostly won his 10-round fight against Limberth Ponce with a jab to the head and body of Ponce.
The fight took place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and was decided by a unanimous decision. Mielnicki won by wide margins, 99-91, 99-91, and 98-92,
on the undercard of the fight between Deontay Wilder and Robert Helenius.
Mielnicki, from Roseland, New Jersey, has won five fights in a row since Philadelphia's James Martin, who was then 6-2, beat him in an eight-round fight in April 2021
at Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles by majority decision.
Ponce (19-6, 11 KOs), who was born in Mexico and lives in Rock Island, Illinois, has lost two of his last three fights. Joey Spencer,
a junior middleweight prospect from Linden, Michigan with a record of 16-0 and 10 knockouts, knocked out 31-year-old Ponce in the fifth round of their second fight
on December 25 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
With just over 50 seconds left in the fight, Mielnicki hit Ponce with a rare flush right hand. Near the end of the final round,
Ponce hit Mielnicki with two right hands and a left, but Mielnicki waved him on.
In the last minute of their fight, they went back and forth more than at any other time.
Mielnicki landed a right hand in the first 40 seconds of the eighth round. He then went back to pumping his jab.
As his shorter opponent moved forward in the fourth, fifth, and sixth rounds, Mielnicki kept working off his jab and occasionally caught Ponce with his right hand.
In the third round, with just under 20 seconds left, Mielnicki hit Ponce with a right hand.
At the end of an otherwise boring second round, Mielnicki hit Ponce with a left hook that knocked him off his feet.
During the first round, when Ponce didn't throw many punches, Mielnicki tried to get his jab going.