Vito Mielnicki Jr. defeats Noah Kidd in New Jersey, USA

Vito Mielnicki Jr. defeats Noah Kidd in New Jersey, USA | Boxen247.com (Kristian von Sponneck)
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Vito Mielnicki Jr. defeats Noah Kidd in New Jersey, USA | Boxen247.com (Kristian von Sponneck)Vito Mielnicki Jr. defeats Noah Kidd in New Jersey, USA | Boxen247.com (Kristian von Sponneck)

Vito Mielnicki Jr. vs. Noah Kidd

Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, USA 31/7/21

New Jersey native Vito Mielnicki Jr. (9-1, 6 KOs) knocked out Noah Kidd (6-4-2, 5 KOs) in the second round of their welterweight contest. Mielnicki scored a knockdown in the opening frame, causing the crowd at Prudential Center to erupt with cheers for the hometown favorite.

Mielnicki continued to batter Kidd in the second round, forcing Kidd to take a knee. Referee Eric Dali had seen enough at that point and stopped the action at the 2:32 mark of the second round.

“Kidd was fading fast,” said Mielnicki. “That’s why I started to pick up the pressure. He was starting to wilt. I learned in my past performance that when you have someone hurt you have to finish the job.”

Mielnicki was supposed to compete in a rematch against James Martin, but Martin missed weight. Kidd was originally scheduled to fight on the non-televised portion of the undercard, but filled in as Martin’s replacement against Mielnicki.

“There were no issues with the change of opponent,” added Mielnicki. “I trained for a more technical fighter. Kidd was more awkward than Martin. We got the job done in front of my hometown fans, so I’m happy.”

Having noticed the tremendous amount of support at Prudential Center, Mielnicki concluded, “This is my home and these are my people. Whenever we fight in Jersey this is where we’re doing it. I’m looking forward to many more fights here.”

(Kristian von Sponneck)

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