In the opening bout of the telecast, Philadelphia’s James Martin (7-2) scored a majority decision victory over previously unbeaten prospect Vito Mielnicki Jr. (8-1, 5 KOs) after their eight round welterweight duel.
Martin established his high-paced offense early, throwing multiple jabs to get inside on the counter-punching Mielnicki. In round two, Martin turned counter puncher and landed a left hook that bloodied the nose of Mielnicki.
Although Mielnicki continued to deal with blood coming from his nose, he began to establish his offense across the following rounds, finding success with hooks to the body to punctuate his combinations. Mielnicki found moments where he temporarily stunned Martin, including a strong left uppercut in round four, but was unable to seriously hurt his opponent.
Martin appeared to turn the fight back in his favor with a big round seven, significantly slowing down the attack of Mielnicki with numerous power shots landed to the head. After another close round in the eighth and final frame, Martin had done enough to claim the victory by a majority decision with scores of 76-76, 79-73 and 77-75.
Martin held a 148 to 88 advantage in total punches landed, with both fighters landed 24% of their shots. After the fight, Mielnicki vowed to return saying, “I’ll be back,” while Martin saw his work in training camp pay off in the fight.