Cletus Seldin retained his undefeated record with a fifth round stoppage of the too-tough-for-his-own-good Johnny Garcia, who had to be saved by the referee in round five.
You’re certainly not disappointed if you tuned in to ESPN’s Friday Night Fights tonight. All three televised bouts delivered entertaining action, with a meaningful win in the main event.
The main event of the evening was well worth the wait. 28 year-old Cletus Seldin pitted his undefeated record against the veteran wiles of Johnny Garcia. Garcia (19-3-1, 11 KO) struggled with the pressure of his younger foe from the opening bell, as Seldin (16-0, 13 KO) charged forward, hardly taking a backward step all night. After three relatively competitive rounds, Seldin caught Garcia with a devastating left uppercut on the inside and chased him around the ring. Garcia, wobbly as he was, somehow stayed on his feet, and even managed to land some hard body shots to close out the round.
In the next round, it looked like Garcia might even work his way back into the fight as he started to land his lead left hook with regularity–then Seldin sent an overhand right whistling over one of those left hooks and put Garcia on skates once again. The referee was forced to stop the fight when Garcia found himself stuck in the corner with no clear means of escape and rapidly deteriorating defense. Garcia protested the stoppage, but his toughness and will would’ve allowed him to take too much punishment. The ref made the right call.
Cletus Seldin defeats Johnny Garcia by TKO (referee stoppage), Round 5.
Daniel Gonzalez and Ken Alvarez went toe-to-toe in the second bout of the night, an action-packed six rounder that saw Alvarez hit the canvas twice. Alvarez (6-1-2, 3 KO) was game as anything, but Gonzalez (8-0, 3 KO) was expected to win based on the strength of his record, and he looked the more experienced fighter in the ring. It wasn’t always pretty, but it was definitely fun.
Daniel Gonzalez defeats Ken Alvarez by Unanimous Decision (59-53, 58-54 x 2)
Bad Left Hook had it 60-52 for Gonzalez.
The first bout of the night saw Raymond Serrano and Jeremy Bryan squaring off. Bryan (17-5, 7 KO) came into this fight on the heels of two consecutive decision losses, while Serrano (20-2, 9 KO) was just two fights removed from a pair of knockout defeats at the hands of Emmanuel Taylor and Karim Mayfield. Both men seemed to wear those losses on their sleeves as they spent the first three rounds feeling one another out. The nervous energy came to a head when Bryan, rushing Serrano in the final seconds of the frame, knocked Serrano down at the bell.
Raymond Serrano defeats Jeremy Bryan by Majority Decision (94-94, 97-91, 96-92)
Bad Left Hook had it 97-91 for Serrano.