Fighter Of The Week: Cletus Seldin

Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin walked into the ring and spotted “Sugar” Shane Mosley sitting ringside and immediately realized he had arrived. This was his time his moment to shine. legends of the sweet science had shown up and gathered around to watch him fight. He knew a win in the main event on the biggest stage of his career against the legendary six-time world champ Zab Judah at the Turning Stone Casino. It was Induction Weekend at the nearby International Boxing Hall Of Fame in Canastota, New York and two native New Yorkers squared off in a must-win fight for both men. Seldin needed a big win against a big name to stay relevant after his one-sided loss in his previous step up fight against Yves Ulysse a year and a half ago. Seldin delivered the best performance of his career on its biggest stage capturing our Fighter Of The Week award.

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On the advice of his famed trainer, Peter Brodsky, Cletus Seldin started fast! Jumping on Judah from the opening bell and staying on him through the remainder of the fight. Seldin stayed on the aggressive and in control throughout the fight Seldin badly outworked the Brooklyn native in the early rounds and landed the much cleaner and harder shots including catching Zab with a big overhand right that sent the former six-time champ reeling across the ring into the ropes before being saved by the bell just a couple seconds later. Judah clearly hurt, tried to answer back having his best round of the fight in the fifth catching Seldin with right hooks and straight left hands out of his southpaw stance. However, it was too little as the all-out aggression of Seldin finally broke the 41-year old legend down. Another big right hand badly hurt Judah in the 11th, Seldin poured on about six more unanswered power shots before referee Charlie Fitch stepped in and stopped the fight giving The Hebrew Hammer a TKO victory and likely sending Judah into retirement.

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it was the star-making performance the kid from Long Island, and exactly what he needed, a world close elite level former world champion on his resume. After the fight, Seldin said “I was very proud to go into the 11th round,I was waiting for the opportunity to take it over and Pete Brodsky and Scott Lopeck gave me the go ahead. Right after this fight, I am looking for a 12-round world championship fight.” With all four champs locked into fights with each other, Regis Prograis & Josh Taylor will unify the WBA & IBF titles and Maurice Hooker and Jose Carlos Ramirez unify the WBO & WBC straps. Seldin may have to wait a while for that title shot. In the interim, a fight against fellow Long Islander Chris Algeri would be an entertaining clash of styles, a very popular fight in New York and easily makeable as both fighters are signed with Joe Deguardia’s Star Boxing.

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