By Keith Yazdanseta
New York: April 15th, 2014
I caught up with Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin and trainer Scott Lopeck at the Westbury Boxing Gym recently. Seldin is in preparation for his up coming bout later this month; Cletus headlines Rockin Fights 13 at The Paramount in Huntington New York, Thursday April 24th making his 8th appearance at the venue.
For someone who has become a local celebrity, Seldin was very down to earth and welcoming during our meeting. Both of us being from Long Island and fighting in the amateurs we had a lot to talk about. The Hebrew Hammer was in tremendous shape; he looked as if he could fight the very next day. His training was light; he shadowboxed for a couple of rounds and hit the heavy bag. The 100lb bag swayed back and forth, a telling sign of his immense power. And with a knockout percentage bordering 80% one can expect fireworks.
Seldin looked smooth and fluid firing off four and five punch combinations in the middle of the ring. In addition, despite his straightforward style coach Lopeck praised his defense saying he rarely gets hit with right hands, apparently it is a very simple secret he and his team do not share. Furthermore, his style is deceptive; the speed in which he delivers knock out blows is very impressive, sometimes catching his opponents completely off guard.
Cletus believes that he along with Chris Algieri have been the foundation upon which Joe DeGuardia built the Paramount’s spectacular boxing scene reputation, rightfully so.
He expressed his excitement for fighting at the Paramount. “Someone told me it’s the house that Chris Algieri built…I thought of that to myself and said I fought there as much as he did. So it’s pretty much mine and Chris’ home, The Paramount now. So I’m definitely happy to be there, I’m happy I’m the main event, and hopefully after this fight and after one more fight we’ll get a TV shot”.
In regards to his surgically repaired right hand Cletus was confident that it would help lead him to victory April 24th. “It feels great the doctor released me said I can go back to boxing three weeks ago, and I started out slow for a week and a half. I have no problems at all.” Cletus’ faces a tough veteran southpaw in Wilfredo Acuna who is coming off a stoppage victory in his last outing. I asked The Hebrew Hammer what can we expect April 24th “It all depends on the style; Cuba he wanted to come fight me, he got knocked out. Venegas wanted to box so I boxed with him the whole time and just won every round that way. So if the opponent wants to come fight, it’s gonna be a good fight, if he wants to box I’ll just beat him up with my jab again; that’s exactly how it’s going to go.”
Come April 24th expect to see a great show headlined by Cletus The Hebrew Hammer Seldin as he makes his 8th appearance at The Paramount in Huntington, New York.
In addition the undercard includes undefeated heavyweight prospect Constantin Bejenaru, Max Tassy, and Jason Escalera. Do not miss Rockin Fights 13 on Thursday, April 24! The Paramount is located at 370 New York Avenue in Huntington, New York, 11743. Doors will open on the night of the event at 7:00 p.m. with the first bell at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are at a limited supply so purchase them while they’re still available via Ticket Master, or call 718 823-2000 (Star Boxing) by Wednesday 4/16 5pm to save service charges…and get choice seats in each price category….