Welterweight Cletus "Da Hamma" Seldin faces the toughest opponent of his career, Bayan "The Mongolian Mongoose" Jargal tomorrow night. The fight is scheduled to air on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights from the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York.
Seldin (13-0, 10 KOs), a 27 year old New York native, is a hard-charging puncher whose best punch is the overhand right. His defense is usually at its weakest early in the fights until he settles into the rhythm of the bout. He has fought only twice since February of 2013 because he was recovering from a shoulder injury. Though nine of his 13 wins have come against fighters with winning records, he hasn't yet faced anyone close to caliber of his next opponent.
Jargal (17-5-3, 11 KOs), a 32 year old Mongolian-born Virginia resident, has lost five of his last seven fights. He has a come-forward style that might be customized to allow Seldin to succeed. Jargal has been known to keep his hands too low, which is a dangerous proposition against the hometown opponent. The Mongoose tends to start strong and usually features a mid-round resurgence, as he did against Seldin's stablemate and future Manny Pacquiao opponent Chris Algieri in 2011.
Jargal does have knockout power. He has two first round stoppages in his last three wins. However, one was in 2010 against a badly faded Louie Leija, who did not put up a fight.
Seldin and Jargal have a common opponent, Luis Rodriguez. Seldin stopped Rodriguez in the third round in January of 2013 while Jargal fought Rodriguez to a majority decision three months prior.
Cletus weighed in at 140.8 pounds, the lightest of his career. Jargal came in at 141.2 pounds, the heaviest he's been since a 2010 decision loss to Steve Upsher Chambers. Seldin is 8-0 with 7 KOs at the Paramount Theatre; Jarrgal's only foray in the venue was the loss to Algieri. The fight is scheduled for eight rounds.