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20 NOVEMBER 2018

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Seldin Hammers Through Garcia

Seldin celebratea win
Seldin celebratea win

By Marc Livitz: Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin pleased his near-Hometown crowd this evening with a fifth round TKO win over Johnny Garcia at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, Long Island, New York. The WBC International Silver title contest showcased the undefeated, twenty eight year old from Brooklyn with the entirety of the fight fans on his back. He maintained a steady jab in the beginning of the bout and moved in closer and closer as the moments trickled away.


His Michigan opponent remained aggressive in the face of Seldin’s hard counter shots and superior movement. Throughout the second and third, Garcia (19-3, 11 KO’s) would often commence the exchanges yet succumb to the resulting pressure. Cletus kept up the relentless pace in the fourth and was seriously punishing Johnny whenever he got close. Bruising rights and left to all points above the waist left Garcia wobbly and lucky to survive the round. Round five was the end point for him tonight. He remained game and did his best to use his jab, however he did so in a very casual fashion and paid the price for dropping his jabbing glove instead of bringing back to the side of his face.


Seldin (16-0, 13 KO’s) countered with a quick right which landed squarely on Garcia’s jaw and did so once more just seconds afterward when Johnny inexplicably lowered his guard. Another hard right left Garcia with spaghetti legs with just under a minute to go in the fifth. He retreated to the ropes, after which Seldin fired away upstairs until referee Tony Chirantano stepped in and called the bout to a halt at the 2:29 mark.


Co-Main Event Report


Serrano Decisions Bryan


In one of the evening’s co-main events, Raymond Serrano found continued success since his move up to welterweight by way of a competitively fought ten round majority decision win over Jeremy Bryan. Each man was quick and nimble on their feet as the opening bell sounded. They each provided their own share of feeling out through the first few rounds. Bryan consistently held his guard high and wide as "Tito" Serrano sought to break his defense with a quick left jab followed by a right assisted by big steps inward.


In the third, Jeremy found an opportunity to land a quick overhand right to Raymond’s chin after a brief scrap. The shot landed right as the bell signaled the end of the period and it sent Serrano briefly to the seat of his trunks, mostly because he’d just lost his balance. "Tito" returned the favor in the closing moments of the fifth when a huge looping right set up by a left hook. Bryan (17-6-0, 7 KO’s, Paterson, NJ) pulled Serrano (21-2, 9 KO’s, Philadelphia) to the mat with him, but the referee only counted one man down. An accidental headbutt opened a cut on Raymond’s upper right hairline about a minute into the sixth. He was examined by the ringside doctor and allowed to continue his night.


This was much to his benefit as his overall activity levels greatly increased, although the bout remained close. As they moved on to the tenth and final round, Serrano didn’t attempt to sit down on an imagined lead as he doubled and tripled his jab to set up his follow up right. Jeremy chased him a bit and was trying to land from a distance. Ultimately, the judges would decide that Serrano had done enough to earn a majority decision win with scores of 94-94, 97-91 and 96-92.


Additional Results

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