On the undercard of the highly anticipated Gervonta Davis-Ryan Garcia bout at the T-Mobile Arena, 20-year-old junior middleweight prospect Vito Mielnicki Jr. put on a dominant performance against Jose Sanchez Charles. Mielnicki, who hails from Roseland, New Jersey, delivered a crushing right hand to Charles early in the fourth round, knocking him out for the third time in their scheduled 10-round bout. Referee Robert Hoyle immediately stopped the fight, giving Mielnicki his 10th knockout victory and improving his record to 15-1.
Mielnicki's handlers believe that his impressive punching power is a result of his developing man strength, and his performance on Saturday certainly supported this belief. Before knocking out Charles in the fourth round, Mielnicki had already dropped him twice in the third round with a right hand and a right-left combination. Charles managed to make it to the end of the third round, but he didn't last much longer in the fourth.
This was a significant win for Mielnicki, who has been on a seven-fight winning streak since his upset loss to James Martin in April 2021. Charles, a veteran fighter from Mexico, had never been knocked out in his 12-year, 25-fight professional career before facing Mielnicki. He had lost his previous two fights to former WBA 154-pound champion Austin Trout and now to Mielnicki.
Mielnicki's knockout victory on the Davis-Garcia undercard was a clear statement of his potential as a rising star in the junior middleweight division. At only 20 years old, he has already shown impressive power and skill in the ring, and his future looks bright. With his handlers guiding his career carefully, there is no doubt that we will be seeing more of Mielnicki in the future.