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Friday, June 20, 2014

Seldin to Face Robinson in Step Up

Welterweight Cletus Seldin is scheduled to face Jared Robinson at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York on July 18. The bout will be likely be televised on ESPN2 in the United States.

Seldin (13-0, 10 KOs) has won two fights since coming off shoulder surgery last year. The hard-charging Seldin had an 8-fight KO streak snapped in his first fight back, a unanimous decision over veteran Gilbert Venegas last November. Seldin stopped journeyman Wilfredo Acuna in the seventh round in April.

Robinson (14-1, 6 KOs) will be a significant step up for Seldin. But the South Carolina native has a deceptively good record. All 14 of his wins came in the Carolinas and Georgia, places that are not known as boxing hubs. Robinson's last two wins came against opponents who were a combined 3-15-1 when Robinson faced them. He has defeated three opponents with winning records, although he hasn't stopped any of them. By contrast, Seldin has beaten all nine of his opponents who came in with winning records and KOed seven of them.

Robinson's last fight was a fourth round TKO loss to hot prospect Amir Imam in February. Robinson came out aggressive against the heavy-handed Imam and had the heavy favorite backing up throughout much of the first round by landing effective overhand rights. Imam hurt Robinson at the end of the first and Robinson was reluctant to throw from that point forward. In the fourth, Robinson was knocked out of the ring, but valiantly wobbled his way back through the ropes on his own accord before the fight was thankfully stopped.

The scheduled eight round affair between these two fast starters should be exciting while it lasts.

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