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Friday, December 28, 2018

Seldin to Return in January

Cletus Seldin is scheduled to fight at the Mohegan Sun Casino in  Uncasville, Connecticut on January 26. Seldin is slated to face Adam Mate in a ten-round junior welterweight affair.

In his first fight back since his first career defeat, Seldin (22-1, 18 KOs) ran over journeyman Nelson Lara in 26 seconds to earn a first round stoppage victory last month. Seldin's trademark overhand right was on full display as he steamrolled past Lara. Lara (17-11-4, 9 KOs) has now been stopped seven times, but never before in the first round.

The bout against Hungarian pugilist Mate (28-13, 21 KOs) on January 26 signifies a tune up fight for Seldin. Mate is made for Cletus. Though Mate, nicknamed "Bad Boy," has primarily lost to quality opposition, he has been stopped ten times. Back in 2015, he lost to one of the best 140 pounders in the world currently, Josh Taylor, in Taylor's second pro fight. The following year Mate lost to prospect Juan Heraldez. Mate put up virtually no resistance to either Taylor or Heraldez.

Mate's "best" lost came in 2015 against the lanky DC-area prospect Mykal Fox. Mate managed to last the full six rounds with the then 19-year old. However, Mate didn't win around and Fox is not a puncher by any means. Mate has won nine fights against opponents with a winning record, but none of those opponents are noteworthy.

In his most recent fight, Mate was KOed on December 2 in the second round by former beltholder and Floyd Mayweather challenger Robert Guerrero, is making a comeback after retiring last year. Mate started his career as a super featherweight and fought as a lightweight as recently as 2017. Seldin has been as big as a junior middleweight during his career.

The 27 year old Hungarian does have a five year age, a half-inch height, and a 17 fight experience advantage. However, Adam Mate very well might be in for a short and painful night against Cletus Seldin on the 26th,

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Yotham Shalom, Undefeated Junior Lightweight

Yotham Shalom, a junior lightweight from Israel, fought his first two professional fights last year. In April of 2017, he stopped Patrik Major in the third round of a bout in France. Major fell to 2-12.

Shalom next fought Lucas Cabeo on December 2 in France. Cabeo, who weighed in at the junior lightweight limit of 130, was nearly two pounds heavier than Shalom. Cabeo took the first two rounds, but Shalom fought back in the third and fourth rounds to salvage a draw. Cabeo's record became 0-1-1 after the fight, but the 20 year old is now 2-2-1. Shalom, who also has experience in Thai boxing, is 1-0-1 with one KO.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Milch Avenges Defeat in Rematch

Junior middleweight Tony Milch avenged one of only two career losses by defeating Danny Little tonight in a scheduled six-rounder at the Lee Valley Leisure Complex in London, England. Milch didn't allow Little to back him up to the ropes as much as in their first fight. He also used the jab more, threw the uppercut, and utilized his strength advantage this time around.

In their first fight, Milch boxed well during the first two rounds, jabbing and moving effectively. In the third, Little switched to southpaw for a longer stretch and his awkwardness as a lefty allowed him to land more flush shots. Little switched between stances the rest of the fight and Milch never figured out the proper defense when Little was a lefty. In the sixth, Milch was busier than in previous rounds, but Little continued to land. Milch lost the first fight 56-58.

Milch, nicknamed "2 Guns", thought about retiring after the loss to Little but regained his desire to fight over the summer. The result was he weighed in the lightest of his career, 150 pounds, and was in great shape for the rematch. This time, Milch won five of the six rounds, taking the bout on points with a score of 59-55.

The 37 year old Milch earned his 14th win while Little fell to 7-50-2.