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Vito Mielnicki Easy KO Leads Showtime Prelims

Vito Mielnicki Easy KO Leads Showtime Prelims

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Vito Mielnicki Easy KO Leads Showtime Prelims

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Vito Mielnicki Easy KO Leads Showtime Prelims

WASHINGTON — Junior middleweight Vito Mielnicki Jr. easily stopped Omar Rosales in the fourth round of a one-sided beating that was the last of three preliminary bouts Showtime streamed on its social media channels before the beginning of the Gervonta Davis-Hector Luis Garcia Showtime PPV card on Saturday night at Capital One Arena.

Mielnicki (14-1, 9 KOs), 20, of Roseland, New Jersey, dominated the entire fight, landing many clean shots that rocked Rosales (9-2-1, 5 KOs), 32, of Houston, including a left hook that dropped him just before the bell ended the third round.

As he continued to pound Rosales in the opening moments of the fourth round, Rosales’ corner threw in the towel and referee David Braslow stopped it at 26 seconds.

In the two other bouts part of Showtime’s stream of preliminary bouts on its YouTube and Facebook pages:

— Junior welterweight Brandun Lee (27-0, 23 KOs), 23, of La Quinta, California, battered Diego Luque (21-11-2, 10 KOs), 37, of Argentina, at will until his corner threw in the towel and referee Brent Bovell stopped the beat down with five seconds left in the fourth round.

Lee landed right hands basically whenever he pleased, mixed in body shots and a few times seemed to step back to let up on him.

But when Lee went on the attack again in the fourth round, he finished him, battering him around the ring until the corner called for the end as Luque lost his second fight in a row.

— Junior middleweight Travon Marshall (7-0, 6 KOs), 22, of Capitol Heights, Maryland, needed just 48 seconds to overwhelm Shawn West (7-3-1, 4 KOs), 33, of Davenport, Iowa. He went right at him and landed a series of punches until referee David Braslow stepped in.

Peterson stopped in comeback

Former unified junior welterweight titleholder and welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson exited a nearly four-year retirement and got knocked out in the fourth round by Michael Ogundo.

Fighting in front a sparse hometown crowd deep on the undercard, Peterson (35-6-1, 17 KOs), 38, showed little in the scheduled six-rounder as he suffered his third knockout loss in a row.

Ogundo (17-16, 13 KOs), 40, a Kenyan fighting out of Quincy , Massachusetts, who entered on a four-fight losing streak, roughed Peterson up, including a right hand that wobbled him and had him in trouble as the third round ended In the fourth, he continued to land nearly at will and dropped Peterson with a right hand. He badly wobbled when he rose but was allowed to continue. A few clean punches later and the fight was finally waved off at 2 minutes, 5 seconds when Peterson’s corner threw in the towel.

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Since 2000, award-winning reporter Dan Rafael has covered boxing full time and been ringside for thousands of fights, first for five years at USA Today and then for 15 years at ESPN, where he wrote and appeared on various television, radio and streaming programs. In 2013, Dan was honored by the Boxing Writers Association of America with the Nat Fleischer award for career excellence in boxing journalism. Dan brings his great insight to the Big Fight Weekend site, podcast and more!

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