The Calm Before the Storm

On July 13, 2019, Vito Mielnicki Jr. was set to make his professional debut as the youngest boxer to go pro in New Jersey. It involved petitioning the New Jersey Boxing Commission to create an exemption for him at 17 years of age, one year shy of the 18-year-old requirement. “Anything can happen in the ring, I just always think about winning, never losing,” says Vito. On the night of his debut, Vito won by KO in the first round of his fight, in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey.