The fights are underway in Las Vegas, and the Wilder-Ortiz 2 prelims have finished up, with a couple of prospects winning and Deontay Wilder’s brother Marsellos getting knocked out for a second time in his young career.
Omar Juarez KO-6 Kevin Shacks
Shacks (3-5-3, 3 KO) was down twice in the opening round and it didn’t look like he was going to go much beyond that, but the 20-year-old Juarez (6-0, 4 KO) laid off the gas a little bit, got some work in, and may have also suffered an elbow injury at some point. But he dropped Shacks again in the sixth with a straight right that bounced off of Shacks’ chin and put him down again.
Juarez is a good looking prospect at 140, someone to keep an eye on for sure. He’s got skills, got some pop, puts punches together nicely. It’s a low level for him still, but so far he’s passing the eye test.
Vito Mielnicki Jr TKO-2 Marklin Bailey
Mielnick is a 17-year-old welterweight from New Jersey who’s turning a few heads, now 3-0 (3 KO) and this was the first time he’d even gone into the second round. This wasn’t a big goom KO or anything, he wobbled Bailey (6-6, 4 KO) and Russell Mora sprinted in to stop the fight because he didn’t like the look of Bailey, which in all reality is fair enough. It’s not as if Bailey was going to win this fight and at lower levels especially, where guys just aren’t very good, I really think it’s better safe than sorry.
Dustin Long KO-4 Marsellos Wilder
Marsellos is Deontay’s younger brother, a 30-year-old cruiserweight who just doesn’t have it. This is the second time he’s been stopped by a really low-level opponent, and there’s just clearly no significant natural ability in him, and he doesn’t take a clean shot too well at all. He was winning this fight, but not looking like much, and then Long caught him with a single wide left hand that went around the gloves and caught Wilder on the chin, putting him down and out. It wasn’t even a punch Long was able to fully sit down on or anything.
Wilder falls to 5-2 (2 KO) with this loss and should really reconsider going forward with a boxing career, while the 37-year-old Long, who has fought some in regional MMA as well, goes to 3-1-2 (3 KO).
Viktor Slavinskyi UD-6 Rigoberto Hermosillo
This was a good little six-round fight at just north of the featherweight limit. Slavinskyi (11-0-1, 6 KO) and Hermosillo (11-2-1, 8 KO) both threw plenty, landed a good amount, and kept the action moving. The scores here were 58-56, 59-55, and 60-54, and the latter two make it seem less competitive than it really was, but they’re also not actually bad scores. You probably can argue Slavinskyi in every round, many of them just by a little. This is a tough second straight loss for Hermosillo, who gave Manny Robles III all he could handle over 10 back in May. Hermosillo is going to get more calls for fights like this because he’s tough and fun to watch.