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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dustin Fleischer vs. Frank Jordan

January 9, 2015
Madison Square Garden Theater
New York, New York

Fleischer: black and white stripe trunks
Jordan: blue trunks, white trim

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fleischer Wins Debut

Dustin "White Tiger" Fleischer won his professional debut against Frank Jordan by second round TKO in the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York, New York earlier this month. Fleischer, a noted amateur and descendant of Holocaust survivors, showed fast hands in notching his first victory.

Jordan, a winless fighter who was outweighed by five pounds, tried to be aggressive early. Fleischer effectively landed counter overhand rights and counter straight rights, which quickly forced Jordan to bottle up his offense. In fact, when it was all said and done, Fleischer had landed more punches (38) than Jordan had thrown (35) during the bout.

Fleischer loaded up on virtually every punch and let out a bark each time he ripped Jordan with a shot. Dustin moved well in the pocket and added mean-spirited body punches in the second round to his offensive arsenal. After a left hook to the body a minute into that round, Jordan finally began backing up. Jordan's retreat signaled the end of his chances to survive. Thirty seconds later, referee Shada Murdaugh stopped the fight after a series of Tiger body punches.

Fleischer, a New Jersey resident who weighed in at 142.4 pounds for the contest, is now 1-0 with one knockout. Jordan falls to 0-3 and was stopped for the third time in his career.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Chilemba Could Fight Beterbiev

Light heavyweight contender has been calling out prospect Artur Beterbiev on Twitter over the past few weeks. BoxingNews24.com reports that the matchup is in the works and could take place on March 14 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada on the undercard of Sergey Kovalev-Jean Pascal.

Beterbiev was an amateur star who has frightening power. He's posted seven KOs in seven professional fights. One of those knockout victims was former beltholder Tavoris Cloud, the Russia-native's most impressive win to date. But Beterbiev's style is a bit crude at this stage of his career. He punches wide and needs an opponent to come at him to land punches. He abandons the jab too quickly. If an opponent is brave enough, Beterbiev is there to be hit.

Chilemba (23-2-2, 10 KOs) could be a matchup nightmare for the highly touted Beterbiev. Isaac is a slippery defensive master who can use subtle movement in the pocket or box from the outside. The main criticism of Chilemba is he isn't always busy enough offensively to convince the judges.

With Beterbiev's inability set up his power punches unless the opponent is right in front of him and Chilemba's economical offense, it could make for a slow fight. In addition, that the bout would be located in Beterbiev's adopted hometown of Montreal could call the scoring into question.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Seldin to be Featured on Friday Night Fights

Cletus "Hebrew Hammer" Seldin is scheduled to face the toughest opponent of his career, Johnny Garcia, on February 27 at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York. The fight is slated to be shown on ESPN 2 in the United States.

Seldin (15-0, 12 KOs) fought four times in 2014. He scored three knockouts and was ahead against Bayan Jargal in July when the fight was stopped at the start of the third round and ruled a No Contest. Seldin closed out 2014 with a ninth round TKO of Jargal, the best fighter he has faced thus far in his career.

Garcia (19-2-1, 11 KOs) had a six fight winning streak snapped in June of last year when he lost a majority decision to John Williams. He then drew with Moises Solis in December. Garcia has defeated two undefeated fighters during his career. He decisioned William Jackson, who was 11-0 at the time, in 2011. The next year, he beat hot Cuban prospect Yordenis Ugas by split decision. Garcia lost his first bout two fights later when another undefeated Cuban prospect, Angelo Santana, hurt him int he second round and knocked him out in the fifth.

Seldin, who is 10-0 in the Paramount Theatre, had fought his entire career as a welterweight until he weighed in at 139.25 pounds against Jargal in the rematch. Garcia's weight has fluctuated wildly. Against Santana, a southpaw, Johnny was the lightest of his career, 133.75 pounds. Garcia weighted over 154 pounds for a 2013 fight. He was a junior welterweight for the Williams fight and 148 pounds against Solis.

This bout is scheduled to take place in the junior welterweight division with a maximum of ten rounds.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Brooks Will Battle Elio Rojas

Mike "Lefty" Brooks is scheduled to take on former world champion Elio Rojas on January 29 at the BB King Blues Club in New York, New York. Rojas is in the midst of a comeback after losing a title challenge in 2012.

Brooks (10-2-1, 2 KOs) is the underdog in this fight. The southpaw stepped up the competition in his last two bouts and lost them both. He was outclassed by undefeated prospect Karl Dargan in November of 2013 and stopped by hard punching Jason Sosa last April.

Rojas (24-2, 14 KOs) has fought only once in nearly two years. After winning a featherweight strap in 2009 when he went to Japan and defeated Takahiro Ao, the belt was taken from him outside the ring. He attempted to get it back, but lost to Jhonny Gonzalez in 2012 by unanimous decision. In the Gonzalez fight, Rojas reacted badly to headbutts and other perceived fouls. His mindset hurt him that fight.

Rojas has faced the much tougher competition and has a lot more experience than Brooks. But Brooks has some advantages. He's five years younger than the 32 year old native of the Dominican Republic. Lefty has fought nearly his entire career at lightweight; Rojas had been a career featherweight until he began his comeback last August. Mike's southpaw stance could also be an advantage.

This bout, which is being promoted by Lou DiBella, is set for eight rounds.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Horowitz Faces a Tough Test

Light heavyweight Samuel Horowitz is scheduled to face Simon Edward Buettner on February 7 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Buettner marks Horowitz's toughest opponent to date.

Horowitz (2-0, 2 KOs) has two first round KOs in his career. His last one came when a thunderous right hand knocked Eli Smith out cold in November. Nicknamed the "Bear Jew," Horowitz has been in soft thus far, but Buettner represents a significant step up in competition.

Buettner (6-1, 3 KOs) has a sterling record, but there's more than meets the eye. All of Buettner's knockouts came against winless opponents. His six wins came at the hands of fighters with losing records. He's faced one opponent with a winning record and he lost.

The bout is scheduled for four rounds.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Wohlman Returns to the Ring

Zachary "Kid Yamaka" Wohlman is scheduled to be back in the ring on January 17 at the Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, California. Wohlman is coming off of a decision loss to Paul Velarde in August.

Wohlman (8-2-1, one KO) was the lightest of his career- 141.25 pounds- against Velarde. That fight was the first time Wohlman boxed as many as six rounds. Zac is a slick and skilled boxer who can hurt opponents, but doesn't possess knockout power. He's had issues with stamina and injuries during his career.

Wohlman's opponent will be Vicente Guzman (2-4-1), a surging welterweight from California. Vincente's record and moniker are both misleading. Nicknamed "Manos de Cemento," Guzman has no knockouts, but he has won his last two fights. All four of his losses came against undefeated fighters. He won a six-round split decision against Manuel Alejandro Reyes in November. Wohlman will be the most experienced opponent of Guzman's career.

This bout is slated for six rounds.