Rising Jewish Brawler Cletus Seldin Wins Latest Match in Three Rounds
by Max Elstein Keisler
Cletus Seldin, the Long Island boxer known as the “Hebrew Hammer,” won his latest fight in three rounds Friday night against the formerly undefeated Luis Rodriguez. The win takes his record to a perfect 10-0-0 with a stunning 7 knockouts, a statistic that is practically unheard of in modern era Jewish boxing.
Seldin shut Rodriguez down at the Paramount theater in Huntington, Long Island in front of representatives from the Showtime television network.
“They were really impressed with how I fought,” Seldin told The Algemeiner. “They’re giving me a few more fights on Showbox.”
Seldin said that this was one of his easier fights. “The kid Luis had never been stopped, I think that’s why they put him against me. I could have easily sat back and gotten the decision. But as soon as the bell rang, I started throwing punches. I wanted to win this one. I threw 346 punches in two and a half rounds, and I landed 48% of them.”
In an exclusive interview with The Algemeiner last year, Seldin shared details regarding his upbringing, and described the Jewish element of his persona, saying, “I wear a Star of David on my trunks and my jacket, just like the old Jewish fighters, and on the back of the jacket it says ‘Remember the Masada.'”
A Long Island native with an East Coast accent, Seldin is a local favorite. His next fight is on February 23rd, also at the Paramount. It will appear on NBC sports.