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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Seldin Scores Fifth KO in a Row

Cletus Seldin beat Luis Eduardo Florez last night at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York by way pf seventh round TKO.

Seldin was aggressive early, but the veteran Colombian was able to counter in order to weather the storm. Florez suffered a cut that forced the end of the fight a minute and eleven seconds into the seventh.

This was Seldin's seventeenth fight at the Paramount, and his fifth straight stoppage victory since the lone loss of his career.

Florez, who had nearly a four-pound advantage, was a late replacement. The 33 year old doesn't have the most impressive record, but he has faced some quality fighters such as Regis Prograis, Jamell Herring, Miguel Berchelt, and Brian Ceballo to name a few. He stopped Berchelt in the first round of their 2014 fight for Berchelt's only career loss and Florez's only win outside of his native Colombia.

Seldin is now 25-1 with 21 KOs and Florez is 25-16 with 21 KO. This was the ninth time Florez has been stopped.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Lazarev Squeaks by for Sixth Win

Lightweight Igor Lazarev defeated Stefan Nicolae in a tough contest at the Stella Resort in Kashar, Albania last Saturday. Lazarev, a hard-charging body puncher, won by majority decision against his awkward switch-hitting opponent.

The judges' scores were 58-56 (twice) and 57-57. All three are inexperienced judges from Albania. Lazarev, a 33 year old,  is now 6-0 with two KOs. Nicolae is now 3-22-1 but hasn't been stopped in seven fights in a row.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sinakin Returns in March

Benny Sinakin is scheduled to return to the ring on March 7 at Bally's  in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The light heavyweight is slated to battle Francisco Ariri Neto in a four round affair.

Siankin (5-0, 3 KOs) has fought all of his pro bouts in his hometown of Philadelphia. The Jewish Bulldog fought four times in the sixth months he turned pro, but his career has slowed a bit since. Sinakin earned his fifth victory after a six month layoff. When March 7 rolls around, it will be five months since his third round TKO victory over Ferris Golden.

Neto is a month away from becoming a quadragenarian and cannot boast of a decent record. The Brazilian-born Massachusetts-resident is 1-8. His one win was a TKO victory almost a year ago, but seven of his eight losses we by knockout. In six of those losses, Neto didn't even last a round, including his last five fights.

Neto has a 17-year age disadvantage and a three and half inch height disadvantage against Sinakin. Neto has been as light as super middleweight and as heavy as cruiserweight. Two fights ago, Neto gave up 60 pounds to his opponent, Justin Rolfe. While Neto will certainly suffer from a talent deficit against Sinakin, the weight disparity won't be as unfair.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Lazarev to Fight In Albania Again

Igor Lazarev is scheduled to fight in Albania for the second time in his career on February 22. This bout will take place against Romanian Stefan Nicolae at Stela Resort in Kashar.

Lazarev (5-0, 2 KOs) is a pressure fighter who attacks the body relentlessly. The 33 year old Israeli resident beat Dmytro Kostenko last October. His first fight in Albania took place last September in Tirana and resulted in a split decision victory over Landro Xhelili.

Nicolae, a 28 year old from Romania, sports a rather unimpressive 3-21-1 record. He has one KO and has been stopped seven times. However, Nicolae hasn't been KOed in his last nine bouts and earned his one KO in that span. He has lost his last five fights, but four of them were against undefeated opponents.

The Romanian fighter has traveled all over Europe for his matches, but interestingly has never fought in Romania. Though younger and yet more experienced, Nicolae has some stark disadvantages heading into this contest. BoxRec lists him at 5'3", which is five and half inches shorter than Lazarev. Nicolae's last fight was at junior featherweight while Lazarev, a lightweight, fights three divisions heavier.

This bout is scheduled for six rounds. Nicolae has fought as many as six rounds eight times while Igor has gone at least six twice, included an eight round decision victory in his last fight.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Seldin to Fight This Month

Cletus Seldin is scheduled to fight on February 28 at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York. Humberto Martinez, a veteran from Colombia, is listed as his opponent.

This is a stay-busy fight for the 33 year old Seldin, who is coming off a TKO victory against Zab Judah last June. Cletus is 24-1 with 20 KOs and is known for possessing freakish power in his overhand right.

Martinez is a 36 year old with a 33-9-2 record. His ledger looks better than it is. Martinez has only beaten seven opponents with a winning record and none of them had particularly stellar careers. Colombia is a good boxing country, but the best boxers from the South American nation have had success elsewhere. Martinez has won only once outside of Colombia and that was a close decision victory over an 11-13 fighter in Mexico six years ago.

Colombian fighters are known for possessing punching power and Martinez has 25 KOs. But he has been stopped five times. He's 6-1-1 in his last eight fights, but only the only time he faced someone with a good record was in a loss last February to Zaur Abdullaev. While Abdullev later was stopped in the fourth round against hot prospect Devin Haney, Martinez hasn't been back in the ring.

Martinez has some disadvantages. Besides the three year age disadvantage and enduring a longer layoff, he's a natural lightweight while Seldin has hovered around the junior welterweight for most of his career. Seldin is three inches taller and has a longer reach by three inches as well. This will be Humberto's first fight in the United States.

The bout is scheduled for ten rounds.