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Vito Mielnicki Jr Inks a Multi-fight Promotional Deal With Top Rank

Press Release:

The fighting pride of the Garden State, junior middleweight contender Vito “White Magic” Mielnicki Jr., has signed a long-term promotional contract with Top Rank.

Mielnicki, from Roseland, New Jersey, is ranked No. 4 by the WBA. His signing was announced today during the final press conference for a fight card headlined by another rising junior middleweight star, Xander Zayas.

The date of Mielnicki’s Top Rank debut will be announced shortly.

Mielnicki (18-1, 12 KOs) was a four-time Junior National Golden Gloves champion as an amateur who trained alongside Gervonta Davis and Shakur Stevenson. He turned pro in July 2019 — at 17 years of age — on a Top Rank on ESPN card underneath a Stevenson main event at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

He scored a first-round knockout on that bill and was 5-0 before he graduated from West Essex High School in 2020. Mielnicki suffered one professional speed bump, a majority decision defeat to James Martin in his ninth pro fight.

Since losing to Martin, Mielnicki has won 10 fights and picked up three regional titles. He now trains in Houston under the tutelage of Ronnie Shields, who has worked with the likes of Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, and Pernell Whitaker. Mielnicki has sparred dozens of rounds with former middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo, hitting his stride while training in the Lone Star State. He last fought May 4 on the Canelo Alvarez-Jaime Munguia undercard, winning the vacant WBC USA junior middleweight title with a one-sided unanimous decision over Ronald Cruz.

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