NEWARK, New Jersey – Vito Mielnicki Jr. returned to winning ways on Saturday night, albeit not against the opponent he was about to beat.
Mielnicki defeated Noah Kidd in the second round of a welterweight bout that was scheduled for eight rounds at the Prudential Center. Mielnicki improved to 9-1 and scored his sixth knockout in front of a noisy crowd that came mainly to see Mielnicki, who lives in nearby Roseland, New Jersey.
19-year-old Mielnicki scored knockdowns in the first and second rounds before referee Eric Dali ended a one-sided fight that FOX televised at 2:32 a.m. of the second round.
Kidd (6-4-2, 5 KOs) of Jefferson City, Missouri, agreed to fight Mielnicki on very short notice, a few hours before they weighed in on Friday afternoon. He lost to KO for the first time in three years as a professional.
Mielnicki wanted to avenge his first professional loss on Saturday night, but James Martin was nowhere near the contracted weight of 147 pounds for the planned rematch. Philadelphia’s Martin (7-3, 0 KOs), the Mielnicki in an eight-round FOX, the 17th FOX broadcast on Saturday night.
Kidd went under early in the second round but Dali decided it was the result of an accidental foul by Mielnicki. A left hook from Mielnicki made Kidd retrea later in the second round when Kidd stopped to survive.
Kidd knelt towards the end of the second round. Then Dali decided that Kidd shouldn’t continue.
Kidd landed a left hook that moved Mielnicki backwards in the first half of the first round. Kidd scored with a right-left combo later in the first round, but Mielnicki responded by dropping Kidd with a left hook.
Mielnicki tried to knock out Kidd on this first round. However, Kidd managed to survive until the bell rang to end those three minutes.
Keith Idec is a senior writer / columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.