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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Seldin Stops Judah

Cletus Seldin defeated Zab Judah by technical knockout in the eleventh round of their bout at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York. Seldin was busier the entire fight and pounded the veteran ex-champion.

Judah couldn't let his hands go all night due to a combination of Seldin's relentless pressure and Zab's 41 years. The 22-year pro had enough guile to avoid getting hit cleanly too often, but he took a beating nonetheless. He came in an impressive 138.3 pounds- same as Seldin- for the junior welterweight clash, but the ring doesn't lie. Judah doesn't have it anymore.

Seldin spent a significant portion of the fight as a southpaw, a new wrinkle in his game. Judah landed some lead lefts early in the fight and had a strong eighth by landing right hooks and uppercuts. Seldin wobbled Judah at the end of the third with a straight right. Two rights hurt Judah in the fifth. He went to the body effectively in every round. In the eleventh, Judah was gassed, and Cletus continued to press forward. Seldin landed several clean rights when referee Charlie Fitch jumped in to stop the fight.

Seldin improves his record to 24-1 and earned his twentieth KO. Judah falls to 44-10 with 30 KOs. This was the fourth time he's been stopped. Seldin joins the likes of Kostya Tszyu, Miguel Cotto, and Amir Khan in halting Super Judah.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Kaminsky Scheduled to Return June 28

Middleweight David Kaminsky (4-0, 2 KOs) is scheduled to face Osbaldo Gonzales on June 28 at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, California. This will be Kaminsky's first fight since winning a unanimous decision over Estevan Payan in March.

Gonzales (6-4, 4 KOs) moved to Oklahoma as a boy and is a welder by trade. He started his career 5-0 with all five fights taking place in his home state. Nicknamed Rocky, he knocked out his first four opponents, but they were all winless when Gonzales fought them. He had an outrageous eight-pound weight advantage over two of those foes.The Tulsa-resident eked out a split decision victory against Alfred Walker, who sported a losing record and then promptly lost the rematch by unanimous decision.

Gonzales then pulled off the best victory of his career, beating Jarvis Williams, 8-0 at the time, in Williams's hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Gonzales, who fought as heavy as super middleweight, has lost his last three fights, all to prospects.

Gonzales throws a lot of arm punches and paws with the jab, but he can land a solid right when the opponent has his hands down in the pocket. Both Daquan Pauldo, whose former surname was Arnett, and Quilisto Madera allowed Gonzales to land the right on occasion. Osbaldo doesn't have much defense, instead relying on an iron chin. He doesn't shoot a lot of punches either. Against Madera, a unanimous shutout loss three weeks ago, Gonzales did more taunting than throwing.

Alex Rincon, a southpaw and undefeated prospect, overwhelmed Gonzales with hand speed in their clash last September. Unlike Pauldo and Madera, Rincon attacked the body, which softened up the very tough Gonzales. It's no coincidence that Rincon is the only man to stop Gonzales.

Kaminsky-Gonzales is slated for four rounds on the Richard Commey-Raymond Beltran undercard and will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Sinakin Rises from the Canvas to Win

Light heavyweight Benny "The Jewish Bulldog" Sinakin was knocked down in the second round of his bout at The Met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania last night. His veteran opponent, Patrick Pierre, threw a hard right hand to score the knockdown.

Sinakin survived the adversity and won the next two rounds.  He had taken the opening three minutes as well. Two judges even gave him an extra point despite not scoring a knockdown. Those two scored the fight 38-36 in Benny's favor and the third had it 38-37 for the Bulldog.

With this unanimous decision victory, Sinakin, who was outweighed by nearly three pounds, improves his record to 4-0 with two KOs. Pierre falls to 3-7 with one KO. he had won his last fight, but now has lost five out of his last six.