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Friday, April 25, 2014

Seldin Stops Acuna

Cletus Seldin earned his tenth career KO with a seventh round stoppage of journeyman Wilfredo Acuna at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York last night. Seldin has now won eight times in eight fights at the Paramount.

Seldin, who weighed 143.8 pounds, knocked Acuna down int he first round with a right to the body. Acuna, who weighed 144.8 pounds, showed toughness to stay in the fight under Seldin's onslaught. In the seventh, referee Arthur Mercante Jr. stopped the fight due to a barrage of punches delivered by Seldin..

Seldin is now 13-0 while Acuna falls to 15-14 with 12 KOs.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sosa Stops Brooks

Michael "Lefty" Brooks suffered his second career loss last night when he was stopped by Jason Sosa in the ninth round at the Bally's Event Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Brooks has now lost his last two fights.

Sosa controlled the action for much of the night. In the third round, he knocked Brooks to the canvas. In the ninth, one punch ended the fight. Brooks was taken to a local hospital after the fight as a precautionary measure.

Brooks, who weighed in at 133 pounds, falls to 10-1-1 with 2 KOs. Sosa, who was 130.5 pounds, moves to 12-1-3 with 8 KOs.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Documentary Being Made about a Potential Jewish Boxer

David Waknine, a Jew born in Morocco, was an amateur boxer during the late 1980s and early 1990s. A new documentary about Waknine's journey towards turning professional to honor his late trainer is currently in production. Here is the trailer:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mendoza the Jew: Boxing, Manliness, and Nationalism

Here is an interview with author and professor Ron Schechter about his new book on pioneer Jewish boxer Daniel Mendoza.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Seldin to Face Acuna

Welterweight Cletus Seldin is scheduled to face journeyman Wilfredo Acuna at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York on April 24. Seldin, who had a shoulder injury last year, has fought only once in the previous 14 months.

Seldin (12-0, 9 KOs) defeated Gilbert Venegas by unanimous decision in November, a result that terminated an eight-fight knockout streak. Acuna represents the most experienced fighter Seldin, a 27-year old from Long Island, New York, has ever faced.

Acuna (15-13, 12 KOs) is a 32-year old southpaw from Nicaragua. He hasn't had much success in the ring recently. A victory over a winless fighter in December ended a six-fight losing streak and he has lost 9 of his last 11 fights. At his worst, Acuna steps first and then throws arm punches. His right hook is a wild slingshot thrown from his shoulder. But at his best, Acuna can stick and move and has shown knockout power, although most of his KOs came against nondescript opponents in Central America.

Most of Acuna's losses have come at the hands of opponents with good records. Seven of his losses came against undefeated fighters and two more were to foes with only one loss. But most of his best work came at junior lightweight. This bout is at welterweight.

This fight is scheduled for eight rounds.