GETS CAREER BEST WIN; STOPS ZAB JUDAH IN THE ELEVENTH ROUND IN
BLISTERING PACED FIGHT AT
TURNING STONE CASINO
FULL UNDERCARD RESULTS AS WELL
New York, June 9, 2019
The packed and enthusiastic crowd at the annual International Boxing Hall of Fame, Star Boxing promoted show at Turning Stone Casino, were treated to a throwback main event reminiscent of the 1950’s. CLETUS “THE HEBREW HAMMER” SELDIN (now 24-1 20KO’s)had a career best win over 6-time world champion ZAB “SUPER” JUDAH (now 44-10 30KO’s). Over the eleven rounds, Seldin threw, on average, over one hundred punches a round. From the opening bell, in his signature style, Seldin pounced on Judah and did not deviate from this plan until the ref called a stop to the onslaught at 1:40 into the eleventh round. At the time of the stoppage Seldin was pounding the 6-time world champion, Judah, against the ropes. According to Seldin, this was all part of the plan, “I knew I was in control from when the first bell rang . . . I am very awkward to fight, and my plan was to keep him off guard, and try and bring the fight forward,” and forward he clearly did, for literally every second of every round. The style was intoxicating to boxing fans and experts watching the fight who were astonished at the pace and pressure of Seldin.
Seldin implemented a crouched, bobbing and weaving, relentless come forward style, reminiscent of the 1950’s. Multiple times over the eleven rounds, Seldin turned southpaw, to keep the dangerous upper cut of Zab Judah at bay. In the third round, Seldin left Judah on unsteady legs after a monstrous right hand landed clean. Judah was able to tie up and survive the round. Judah attempted to subdue Seldin’s attack but found himself in survival mode for most of the fight as Seldin literally smothered him with continuous punches.
“We wanted [Cletus Seldin] to come out very fast in the first two rounds, like a bullet. Judah is a great fighter, but we knew down the stretch Seldin would have the advantage…” said one of Seldin’s trainers, SCOTT LOPECK, at the post fight press-conference. Those instructions and the shear tenancity of Seldin were the key to Cletus Seldin’s success and his earning the NABA Super Lightweight Title. Many did not give the Long Island product a chance for victory against the much more experienced Judah, but in the end it was Seldin’s consistent attack that broke down the six-time world champion.
What’s next for the new NABA Super Lightweight Champion? Star Boxing’s JOE DEGUARDIA knows that this was a huge win for Long Island’s warrior, but as for what is next, “it’s all about timing . . . [Seldin] just fought a six-time world champion, and we won’t find another name that big, even with the current champions. We want to keep him busy,” DeGuardia then joked, “Cletus has already asked to fight again at our June 28th show.”
Seldin concluded, “This was a big opportunity for me. I love 12 rounds. I want to fight those championship rounds. I want to fight those championship fights.” This career defining win occurred within those championship rounds, and Cletus Seldin is ready to take the next step in his ultimate goal of becoming a world champion.
Fans that came out to Turning Stone or watched live on FITE.TV saw a fantastic undercard. DAVID PAPOT (now 22-0-1 3KO’s) and JAMES MCGIRT JR. (now 23-7-5 14KO’s)went to battle over a 12-round Middleweight tilt. Both men attempted to gain the edge, working different angles, attempting to exploit the others’ weakness, however the fight went the full distance. The bout was scored to a split decision draw, and the vacant WBO International, and WBA Intercontinental Middleweight Titles remain vacant as a result of the draw. (scores were: 117-111 Papot, 115-113 McGirt Jr., 114-114 Draw)
Italian, “SUPER” MARIO ALFANO (now 14-1-1 3KO’s), ran into a buzz saw when he met Rochester’s LAVISAS “RED” WILLIAMS (now 9-1-1 3KO’s). Alfano attempted to press the action from the opening bell, coming forward for most of the fight, using combinations to the body and the head to score on Williams. However, Williams countered by using his impressive boxing abilities, fighting behind his stinging jab, and great movement. At the final bell, the judges ruled in favor of Williams, by unanimous decision. (78-74, 77-75 (2x))
WENDY “HAITIAN FIRE” TOUSSAINT (now 10-0 4KO’s) took on LUCIUS “BULLDOG” JOHNSON (now 4-6-1 3KO’s) in a tense battle, that had both fighters extreme boxing skills on display. Toussaint and Johnson began taunting one another in the middle rounds, both looking to mentally edge the other. In the end it was Toussaint, who used his length and incredible stamina to pitch a shutout on the game Johnson, by unanimous decision. (60-54 3x). Toussaint said “it felt really good to be back in there. I haven’t fought in while, and I really wanted to put him to sleep tonight, and landed a few punches that I thought would, but he fought hard and stayed on his feet. I am ready to get back into the ring as soon as I can.”
BOUBACAR “BOOBY TRAP” SYLLA (now 10-0 7KO’s) made his Star Boxing debut on Friday, when he faced off against the incredibly tough MARQUISE “THE HAWK” HAWTHORNE (now 7-11 1KO). Hawthorne, coming off of a unanimous decision win in April, which was his second win in a row against undefeated prospects and he looked to continue his success against Sylla. This was the fifth undefeated opponent for Hawthorne, in his last six fights. Sylla, attempted to rid himself of any ring rust and traded big shots with Hawthorne over the 6-rounds. Hawthorne came on late, but it proved to not be enough as Sylla earned the unanimous decision victory. (58-56 (2X), 59-55). “It felt great to be in the ring again,” said Sylla, “I was a little rusty at the beginning, but happy to come out with the win. I plan on speaking with my team and seeing what is next for me.”
In a 4-round battle of the undefeated, ROBERT DURAN JR. (now 3-0 2KO’s) narrowly outpointed a very tough JONATHAN “THE BOOGIE MAN” PIERRE (now 3-1) in a highly skilled outing from two young fighters. It was a pleasing battle in which Duran, the son of boxing legend Roberto Duran, pressed the action against the skilled boxer Pierre. Finally, ERIC ABRAHAM (now 6-4-1 3KO’s) earned the KO of the night when he went to battle with ALEX “LIGHTS OUT” VANASSE (now 4-1 4KO’s) in a cruiserweight bout, that brought the knockout of the night. With Abraham down on the cards, he turned it around with one punch in the third, violently dropping Vanasse, and finished off the fight four punches later, dropping Vanasse a second time, to earn the KO victory.
If you missed any of the action from the thrilling night of fights, it can be caught via replay directly on FITE.TV, HERE.
UPDATE ON ZAB JUDAH: After the fight, Zab Judah was brought to the hospital. He is currently admitted in the hospital. He is awake and communicating and making progress. At the present he & his family are just requesting privacy with respect to anything further and will have update Tuesday. All of us at Star Boxing are praying for him and his family and appreciate everyone’s concern.
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Judah vs Seldin was presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, on a huge night of action from the Turning Stone Resort Casino, on International Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend.
June 7th’s main event features, Zab “Super” Judah (Brooklyn, NY 44-9 30KO’s), a six-time world champion, and the last undisputed welterweight champion of the world. Judah has defeated some of the most notable names in the business, including, Micky Ward, Lucas Matthysse and Cory Spinks (Undisputed Welterweight Title), and fought many other top fighters including Floyd Mayweather, Amir Khan, Danny Garcia and Miguel Cotto. Opposing the six-time and former undisputed champion will be New York’s feared knockout artist, Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (Shirley, NY 23-1 19KO’s). Seldin broke on to the national scene when he devoured Roberto Ortiz at the Nassau Coliseum in a featured HBO fight. One month later, Seldin became the first boxer alongside Hall of Fame world champions, Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. to fight in featured fights on back to back months on HBO. Judah-Seldin will be a scheduled 12-round bout, for the vacant NABA Super Lightweight Title.
On the biggest weekend in boxing, with many Hall of Famer’s in attendance, #JudahSeldin is bound to set off fireworks at Turning Stone on June 7th.
In the co-feature bout, James “Buddy” McGirt Jr. (Vero Beach, FL 27-3-1 14KO’s) will look to tip his hat to his father, James McGirt Sr. who is being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame during the same weekend, when he takes on tough undefeated Frenchman David Papot (Saint-Nazaire, France 22-0 3KO’s). As a professional McGirt has found success and has faced some well-regarded fighters in his division, including, Carlos De Leon Jr., Edwin Rodriguez, and Raymond Joval. His opponent, undefeated Frenchman David Papot is taking the trip across the Atlantic Ocean with intentions of ruining the McGirt family weekend. Papot had 102 amateur bouts, 30 of which were with the French National team, earning French National Champion honors two times. In 2017 Papot earned the WBA Continental Middleweight Title, and later that year became the French National Super Welterweight Champion, having since defended the title three times. Papot-McGirt is a scheduled 12-round bout, for the vacant WBA Intercontinental and WBO International Middleweight Titles.
Turning Stone will be announcing additional events for Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend shortly. For more information about events that have already been announced, visit here.
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