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Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Cletus Seldin-Adrien Broner Won't Happen

Cletus Seldin and Adrien Broner were looking at a late summer clash against one another. Both sides had signed a contract, but the fight has now been called off. There were negotiations about two years ago for a Seldin-Broner bout, but obviously nothing materialized. It's a fight Seldin publicly said he wanted, but for the second time he comes away disappointed.

Seldin (26-1, 22 KOs), who separated from his longtime promoter Joe DeGuardia earlier this year, last fought in October of 2021. The 36 year old had hoped to get a big fight soon to put him right back into title contention.

Broner (35-4-1, 24 KOs) is a 33 year old former four-division world champion. Issues outside the ring have sent his career into a tailspin. A win over lightly-regarded Bill Hutchinson earlier this month was Broner's first fight in 28 months and only his second since a January 2019 loss to Manny Pacquiao.

This week, Broner went on a podcast while intoxicated, and it predictably turned into a disaster. His appearance on the podcast was one of the most talked about boxing stories over the past couple of days with many believing the interview signified rock-bottom for Broner. Many are questioning his team for allowing him to do an interview in that state.

It might be a blessing in disguise for Cletus. Broner is now promoted by 91 year old Don King. In the past King struck a menacing figure and garnered a reputation for cheating fighters. These days the nonagenarian isn't taken as seriously. He's now known for popping up here and there and staging bizarre shows. Broner also may not be in the right fame of mind to fight so soon, so it's better for Cletus to find out now rather than after weeks of training and cutting weight.

Hopefully, Seldin can land another fight quickly. 

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