Cletus Seldin maintained his undefeated record with a fifth round stoppage of Johnny Garcia at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, New York. Seldin rebounded from a slow start to notch the victory.
Seldin came out less aggressive than usual; the first wasn't exactly a feel out round though. Garcia pushed Seldin backwards and landed a right causing Seldin's knee to drop. Referee Tony Chiarantano ruled it a push and no knockdown was scored.
Garcia continued to use subtle defensive moves- rolling his left shoulder and moving his head- to avoid Seldin's dangerous overhand rights. He did leave his left hand low too often, which would eventually be a recipe for disaster. Since Seldin's overhand rights weren't yet working, he tried uppercuts with mixed success. Garcia peppered Seldin with lefts and appeared to win the first two rounds.
In the third, Garcia kept up his defense, but his offense was absent. Seldin's relentless pressure and brawling style seemed to tire Garcia. Seldin occasionally landed with an unintentional elbow or his head as he rushed forward.
By the fourth round, the Hebrew Hammer needed to try something new. The overhand right was becoming increasingly ineffective. His jab landed, but he couldn't land off of it. Then came a left hook that changed the fight. Garcia stumbled around the ring bravely remaining on his feet. Seldin chased and though he dominated the round and turned the fight in his favor, he couldn't put Garcia down.
Garcia was tired and battered in the fifth and couldn't rely on his subtle defense any longer. His left hand dropped low and he was unable to avoid the overhand rights that came crashing down on his face. Seldin landed another one and then another. Garcia wobbled around the ring like a drunk zombie. Devastating overhand rights continued to come.
Referee Tony Chiarantano is developing a reputation for letting fights last too long and this one was no different. Garcia had been unable to defend himself even before a few more overhand rights connected. The fight was mercifully stopped when Chiarantano finally stepped in and waved things off.
Seldin's showed improvement by finding another weapon- in this case the left hook in the fourth round- when the overhand right stopped landing against his toughest opponent to date. He was more patient and jabbed more than in the past. But the end proved that Seldin's best asset is still the overhand right.
Seldin moves to 16-0 with 13 KOs and his stock continues to soar. Garcia falls to 19-3-1 with 11 KOs after a game effort.