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Long Island’s Cletus Seldin ready for next step in quest for title shot

Cletus Seldin looks for an opening to land

Cletus Seldin looks for an opening to land a shot against Johnny Garcia in the main event at the Paramount in Huntington on Feb. 27, 2015. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The junior welterweight division is one of the deepest in boxing. And set to make a splash in that pool of talent is Long Island’s Cletus Seldin.

On Friday night, Seldin will make his 11th straight appearance at The Paramount in Huntington when he fights Jesus Selig (19-3-1, 12 KO) of Douglas, Arizona, in the 10-round main event. Seldin, ranked No. 4 by the WBC and WBO, has built a reputation as a crowd-pleaser with his no-nonsense attack in the ring. He is 18-0 with 15 of those wins coming by knockout.

“I am going to put all my effort into this fight,” said Seldin, of Patchogue. “I am going to approach it as if I am fighting Viktor Postol or Terence Crawford.”

Postol, the WBC champ, and Crawford, the WBO champ, are set to fight a unification bout in July. Seldin said he would love to fight the winner, or any of the division’s top fighters.

“I’d fight John Molina right now,” said Seldin. “He just beat Ruslan Provodnikov on HBO. I’d fight either one of them.”

But first Seldin has to get through Selig. Of Selig’s three career losses, two have come against former Olympians Sadam Ali and John Jackson.

“I know Selig’s going to be tough and is coming to win this fight,” said Seldin. “But I am focused and ready to take care of business.”

Seldin’s promoter Joe DeGuardia said, “Cletus Seldin is becoming a major force in the already loaded junior welterweight division. His ferocious style has attracted droves of fans and on June 17th we expect the same as he faces a tough task when he battles Jesus Selig.”

For the first time in years, Seldin, 29, considers himself 100 percent healthy. He has had surgery on both shoulders and to repair a tendon in his right hand.

“It’s one of my favorite accomplishments actually to be boxing and not be hurt,” said Seldin. “I’ve had nagging injuries for so long.”

The goal for his next accomplishment is far grander and that’s to fight for a junior welterweight title. He has no preference which champion he faces.

“I am more prepared to fight these guys than I will ever be,” said Seldin. “My record speaks for itself. I am ready right now to fight anyone. Put me in there and I will knock out all these guys. I’ve never been in a boring fight. I am going to bring it all the time.”

Another DeGuardia fighter from Long Island, Joe Smith Jr., has a major fight this weekend. On Saturday, Smith Jr. (21-1, 17 KOs) makes his national television debut against Andrzej Fonfara (28-3, 16 KOs) in a 10-round main event on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC from UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

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