By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
The Hebrew Hammer Nails Another Foe
NEW YORK, NY (BASN)—, “The Hebrew Hammer” is the latest prospect to emerge from Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing stable. The 26-year-old Long Islander is slowly building a reputation as a fast-starter with knockout power in either hand. Seldin (9-0, 6 KOs) recorded another impressive knockout victory against an overmatched and out-classed, Carl McNickels (8-4, 6 KOs) at the NYCB Theater at Westbury, formerly known as the Westbury Music Fair.
“I had some terrific sparring sessions with [former world champion] Joan Guzman,” Seldin said leading into his bout with McNickles. “Excellent battles that really made me more confident for this fight and the future.”
The fight was an exciting slugfest for the first six minutes before McNickles quickly realized he wasn’t going to stand-and-trade with “The Hebrew Hammer” all night long. Seldin cracked McNickles with an overhand right that sent him down hard to the canvas. Although McNickels beat the count, Seldin’s relentless pressure forced him to buckle once more for an impressive third-round TKO win.
It is very difficult to determine just how far Seldin will go in his boxing career. Some fighters are groomed for stardom behind a stellar amateur background, an Olympic medal, and a fast-track pace toward a world title. Other fighters become hometown attractions, sell a few tickets locally, and create a buzz, but never develop into a world-class fighter. It is very hard to determine just how far Seldin will go, but what we do know he is exciting to watch.
Boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia is pleased with Seldin’s progress.
“Cletus has truly energized the Long Island fight crowd and has become a must-see attraction,” said the founder and CEO of Star Boxing. “He has scored highlight reel knockouts thus far.”
Seldin enters into the ring behind the legendary Hulk Hogan ‘Real American’ theme. He circles around the ring to the raucous cheers of his followers and acknowledges them before staring into the eyes of his opponent. Seldin presses hard for the KO, but is working hard in the gym each day to improve his all-around game.
“My conditioning is outstanding,” Seldin said. “The more rounds I sparred with Guzman each day the better I felt. While I’m known for knocking out people early, I’m actually proud of my boxing skills.”
Seldin was the co-featured bout on Joe DeGuardia’s recent “Westbury Wars” fight card.Africa’s Issouf Kinda (15-0, 5 KOs) won a lopsided 10-round decision against ‘Mighty’ Mike Arnaoutis (24-8-2, 11 KOs). Kinda simply smacked Arnaoutis around behind jabs and constantly beat him to the punch. Kinda was so dominant, the seven people he had in the audience out-cheered the hundreds and hundreds of supporters for Arnaoutis. You could hear a book drop from Arnaoutis’ side. It was a shocking sight.
Kinda won the fight, via a clean sweep on the judges’ scorecards: 100-90.
“Kinda continues to look sharper in each successive fight,” DeGuardia stated. “Seldin has become a massive fan favorite here on Long Island.”
STAR BOXING RESIGNS DELVIN RODRIGUEZ
Delvin Rodriguez (26-6-3, 14 KOs) has extended his multi-fight promotional pact with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. Rodriguez has emerged as one of the top fighters in the Star Boxing stable and has become a fixture on ESPN boxing programming. Rodriguez is a warrior and is never in a bad fight.
“Star Boxing is honored to extend our relationship with Delvin,” DeGuardia said. “Delvin and his team are true professionals that we’ve enjoyed working with over the years.”
In addition to fighting on ESPN, Rodriguez has also been showcased on HBO and SHOWTIME. He challenged for a world title before and his war with Pawl Wolak was voted as the 2011 ‘Fight of the Year.’ Their first fight on ESPN ‘Friday Night Fights’ was ruled a draw, but Rodriguez bested Wolak on an HBO Pay-Per-View card last December n a rematch.
“At every show I promote fans approach me wanting to know when Delvin is fighting next and I hope to announce details of his next fight shortly,” DeGuardia said. “He’s a must-see attraction on the East Coast and we’re very thankful for the support from the fans.”
Said Rodriguez, “Star Boxing has done very good by me, we work well together, they got me the two opportunities for the world title bouts. I’m back in the gym now and I feel very strong and confident.”
Rodriguez added: “I want to get right back in the mix to face a top contender for my next fight, maybe Gabriel Rosado or Carlos Molina. There’s a real buzz about Rosado who’s on a nice winning streak and Molina has faced and beaten many top guys. Either one would be a very strong TV fight.”
In June, Rodriguez lost to current WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout on points. Trout will next defend his title against Miguel Cotto at the Garden on December 8.
Rodriguez is best known for his all out war with Polish standout Pawel Wolak, their first fight on JULY 15, 2011 from the Roseland Ballroom in New York City being declared a draw. The bout won “Fight of the Year” honors and was broadcast LIVE on ESPN Friday Night Fights.
“My goal is to get Delvin another world title shot soon. His whole career has been challenging the very best in his division and that will continue to be our focus for him.”
STAR BOXING Announces “Hanks vs. Allen: The Future Is Now”
On Friday, December 14, at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY, Joe DeGuardia will promote an intriguing heavyweight showdown featuring unbeaten Joe Hanks(20-0, 14 KOs) vs. Fred ‘Showtime’ Allen (14-0-1, 6 KOs). The fight is significant, as the number of American heavyweight title contenders have rapidly dwindled in recent years.
“Our main event features two premier, undefeated heavyweights from the United States, Joe “The Future” Hanks and Fred “Showtime” Allen fighting for the NABA Heavyweight Title. The fight was originally set for Saturday, October 27 but will now take place on December 14 as Allen was involved in a recent motorcycle accident and suffered a few minor scrapes and bruises and needed to take a short time away from training” said DeGuardia.
Advance tickets priced at $75, $50, $35 and $25 for students with valid ID and $10 for children 12 and under, are on-sale through Ticketmaster.