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Cletus Seldin looks to Chris Algieri for motivation

Cletus Seldin, undefeated junior welterweight prospect, in an

Cletus Seldin, undefeated junior welterweight prospect, in an undated photo. Photo Credit: Handout

Cletus Seldin has seen the blueprint for success and is determined to make it his own reality.

On Friday, the undefeated welterweight from Shirley fights former contender Bayan Jargal in the opening bout of ESPN's Friday Night Fights telecast from the Paramount in Huntington.

"I've seen Jargal fight numerous times, I know he gave Chris Algieri a good fight" said Seldin, who is 13-0 with 10 knockouts. "He's going to want to push the pace. But he's got a bit of an awkward offense, his punches come from different angles which is something I will have to deal with."

Algieri's march to the world title can be traced directly to his grueling 10-round win over Jargal at the Paramount in November 2011. Seldin is looking to follow the same path. He and Algieri are both promoted by Joe DeGuardia and both fighters have also built their resume at the Paramount. This will be Seldin's ninth appearance at the venue.

"I love the Paramount," said Seldin. "My fans and friends pack the place and it feels like I'm hosting a party. There is no better venue in America for boxing.'

While there are many similarities between Seldin and Algieri, those end inside the ropes. Algieri is a master boxer. Seldin is a brawler.

"Cletus, he truly epitomizes the term 'all-action fighter'," DeGuardia said. "Fighting on ESPN gives him the opportunity to show the boxing world that he belongs among the top echelon of prospects in the junior welterweight division."

The card also will serve as a homecoming for Algieri, a Huntington native who has fought eight times at the Paramount. The newly-crowned WBO welterweight champion, who fights Manny Pacquiao in November, will be honored before the main event.

"I always want more, I'm never satisfied," said Seldin, 27. "I was inspired by Chris winning the world title. He had no amateur bouts, I only had about 30 so we've both heard the same things about what our limitations are but it just shows what courage, heart and discipline can do."


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