ESPN Senior Writer
Junior welterweight brawler Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin will make a very quick return to the ring.
Just five weeks after his previous fight, Seldin will travel to Yves Ulysse Jr.’s home region for a 10-round fight on Dec. 16, Seldin promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing announced on Tuesday. The fight will open an HBO-televised tripleheader at 9:40 p.m. ET/PT at the Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, DeGuardia said.
“My trainer and I have studied Yves Ulysse and know he is a solid boxer-puncher who fights with intensity and angles,” Seldin said. “He is as good as anyone in the 140-pound class, so it will be a hard-fought, exciting fight. I want to thank my promoter, Joe DeGuardia and HBO for getting me right back in the ring and back on HBO again so quickly. I want to fight every month like this.”
On Nov. 11, New York’s Seldin made his HBO debut and knocked out Roberto Ortiz in the third round on the Daniel Jacobs-Luis Arias undercard at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
Now, five weeks later, Seldin (21-0, 17 KOs), 31, will be back in action and back on HBO. It is believed to be only the third time in HBO’s 44-year boxing history that a fighter will appear on the network in consecutive months. The first was Mike Tyson, who, before he was heavyweight champion, knocked out Jose Ribalta in the 10th round in August 1986 and then knocked out Alonso Ratliff in the second round that September. In 1996, Roy Jones Jr. knocked out Bryant Brannon in the second round to retain his super middleweight world title in October and followed with a one-sided decision over Mike McCallum to win an interim light heavyweight title in November.
“I’m thrilled to have Cletus Seldin back on HBO just one month since his exciting destruction of Roberto Ortiz. ‘The Hebrew Hammer’ has a style that thrills fans like the old days of Rocky Marciano and Jake LaMotta with sensational knockout power and relentless aggression,” DeGuardia said. “We look forward to another exhilarating performance from Cletus Seldin, even though we recognize he will be fighting a skilled and talented opponent in Yves Ulysse Jr.”
Ulysse (14-1, 9 KOs), 29, of Montreal, is coming off a 10-round split-decision loss to Steve Claggett on Oct. 27.
“It has always been my dream since I started boxing to perform on HBO, the world’s most prestigious television network,” Ulysse said. “I’m so happy to get the opportunity to do this at home, Dec. 16, and show the whole world what I’m capable of.”
The main event features middleweight world titleholder Billy Joe Saunders (25-0, 12 KOs), of England, defending his belt against former titleholder and mandatory challenger David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs), the hometown draw from Montreal. In the co-feature, middleweight Antoine Douglas (22-1-1, 16 KOs), of Burke, Virginia, will face Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (26-2, 18 KOs), of Ireland, in a 10-round bout.