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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Chilemba Could Fight Beterbiev

Light heavyweight contender has been calling out prospect Artur Beterbiev on Twitter over the past few weeks. BoxingNews24.com reports that the matchup is in the works and could take place on March 14 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada on the undercard of Sergey Kovalev-Jean Pascal.

Beterbiev was an amateur star who has frightening power. He's posted seven KOs in seven professional fights. One of those knockout victims was former beltholder Tavoris Cloud, the Russia-native's most impressive win to date. But Beterbiev's style is a bit crude at this stage of his career. He punches wide and needs an opponent to come at him to land punches. He abandons the jab too quickly. If an opponent is brave enough, Beterbiev is there to be hit.

Chilemba (23-2-2, 10 KOs) could be a matchup nightmare for the highly touted Beterbiev. Isaac is a slippery defensive master who can use subtle movement in the pocket or box from the outside. The main criticism of Chilemba is he isn't always busy enough offensively to convince the judges.

With Beterbiev's inability set up his power punches unless the opponent is right in front of him and Chilemba's economical offense, it could make for a slow fight. In addition, that the bout would be located in Beterbiev's adopted hometown of Montreal could call the scoring into question.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Seldin to be Featured on Friday Night Fights

Cletus "Hebrew Hammer" Seldin is scheduled to face the toughest opponent of his career, Johnny Garcia, on February 27 at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York. The fight is slated to be shown on ESPN 2 in the United States.

Seldin (15-0, 12 KOs) fought four times in 2014. He scored three knockouts and was ahead against Bayan Jargal in July when the fight was stopped at the start of the third round and ruled a No Contest. Seldin closed out 2014 with a ninth round TKO of Jargal, the best fighter he has faced thus far in his career.

Garcia (19-2-1, 11 KOs) had a six fight winning streak snapped in June of last year when he lost a majority decision to John Williams. He then drew with Moises Solis in December. Garcia has defeated two undefeated fighters during his career. He decisioned William Jackson, who was 11-0 at the time, in 2011. The next year, he beat hot Cuban prospect Yordenis Ugas by split decision. Garcia lost his first bout two fights later when another undefeated Cuban prospect, Angelo Santana, hurt him int he second round and knocked him out in the fifth.

Seldin, who is 10-0 in the Paramount Theatre, had fought his entire career as a welterweight until he weighed in at 139.25 pounds against Jargal in the rematch. Garcia's weight has fluctuated wildly. Against Santana, a southpaw, Johnny was the lightest of his career, 133.75 pounds. Garcia weighted over 154 pounds for a 2013 fight. He was a junior welterweight for the Williams fight and 148 pounds against Solis.

This bout is scheduled to take place in the junior welterweight division with a maximum of ten rounds.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Brooks Will Battle Elio Rojas

Mike "Lefty" Brooks is scheduled to take on former world champion Elio Rojas on January 29 at the BB King Blues Club in New York, New York. Rojas is in the midst of a comeback after losing a title challenge in 2012.

Brooks (10-2-1, 2 KOs) is the underdog in this fight. The southpaw stepped up the competition in his last two bouts and lost them both. He was outclassed by undefeated prospect Karl Dargan in November of 2013 and stopped by hard punching Jason Sosa last April.

Rojas (24-2, 14 KOs) has fought only once in nearly two years. After winning a featherweight strap in 2009 when he went to Japan and defeated Takahiro Ao, the belt was taken from him outside the ring. He attempted to get it back, but lost to Jhonny Gonzalez in 2012 by unanimous decision. In the Gonzalez fight, Rojas reacted badly to headbutts and other perceived fouls. His mindset hurt him that fight.

Rojas has faced the much tougher competition and has a lot more experience than Brooks. But Brooks has some advantages. He's five years younger than the 32 year old native of the Dominican Republic. Lefty has fought nearly his entire career at lightweight; Rojas had been a career featherweight until he began his comeback last August. Mike's southpaw stance could also be an advantage.

This bout, which is being promoted by Lou DiBella, is set for eight rounds.