Unstoppable ‘Hebrew Hammer’ Wins Second Straight Fight With Knockout Punch in First Round
New York Jewish boxer Cletus Seldin is continuing his relentless return to form, winning a second consecutive fight with a first-round knockout.
Known as the “Hebrew Hammer” because of his uncompromising punching style, Long Island native Seldin took on Hungarian boxer Adam Mate on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.
Seldin surged forward as soon as the starting bell rang, quickly driving Mate to the ropes where he landed a series of body blows. As Mate tried to dance around Seldin’s jabs and punches, the “Hebrew Hammer” landed a devastating right cross that sent the Hungarian crashing to his knees. Bravely getting up to continue the fight, Mate lasted only a few more seconds before another punishing right hand secured the knockout for Seldin, just 43 seconds into the opening round.
Saturday’s victory takes Seldin’s record to 23 wins — 19 of them knockouts — and just one loss. His previous fight before Saturday’s bout resulted in a knockout victory against Nicaraguan contender Nelson Lara in only 26 seconds.
The 28-year-old, who last year underwent reconstructive surgery for torn ligaments in his arm, was ebullient after Saturday’s fight.
“I am happy to be back,” Seldin said. “I can’t wait to get back in the ring again and want to thank Joe DeGuardia [Star Boxing] for keeping me busy and all of the ‘Hammer-Heads’ who came out to support me. I am ready for the top guys in my division.”
According to sports broadcaster ESPN, Seldin, who has boxed mainly as a junior welterweight, could be a possible challenger for world titlist Jose Ramirez later this year.
Watch Cletus ‘Hebrew Hammer’ Seldin win yet again with a first-round K/O below: