Saturday, June 8, 2019

Results from Ringside @StarBoxing #JudahSeldin

Seldin wears down Judah,
McGirt draws with Papot,
Williams upsets Alfano
and more 
By Alex Pierpaoli

Last night at the Turning Stone Events Center in Verona, NY, Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin stopped Zab "Super" Judah in round eleven to become the NABA Super Lightweight Champ. Seldin staggered the 41 year old Brooklynite in round three and worked hard to walk down the still-clever former two division champion. Watching all the action was this year's International Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2019 inductees, in town for Sunday's induction ceremony in nearby Canastota.

Returning to the ring for the first time in sixteen months, Zab Judah, 138.25lbs, had moments when he looked like the Judah of a dozen years ago, jabbing well behind the southpaw jab and circling effectively in spots. But 32 year old power-puncher, Cletus Seldin, 138.25lbs, of Long Island, NY, hacked at Judah with both hands relentlessly, forcing him to clutch and grapple often. On the inside Judah would try to keep his head close to Seldin's cheek, preventing the Long Islander from getting room to land a clean power punch. Seldin was content to chop at Judah's waist, landing heavy body shots and banging him with chopping, ugly but effective shots in each round.

In the third Seldin connected with a heavy right that made Judah do an awkward stutter-step towards a neutral corner. The Hebrew Hammer rushed in to finish things as the bell sounded to end the round. In the fourth Judah used distance and movement to buy himself some time and prolong what turned out to be inevitable. Seldin's chopping shots wore on Judah and despite flashes of his past speed, and single shots landed to the head of Seldin, Judah probably didn't win more than two rounds in total.

In the eleventh, Seldin connected with his hammer of a right and Judah's legs went rubbery again. Seldin jumped on him, slamming him with follow-up blasts along the ropes and forcing Ref. Charlie Fitch to step in and call the fight at 1:40 of the penultimate round.

With the win, Seldin climbed to 24-1 (20) with the victory and Zab Judah fell to 44-10 (30).

In the co-featured bout of the night, the son of 2019 IBHOF Inductee James "Buddy" McGirt, James McGirt Jr, 159.5lbs of Vero Beach, FL, had to settle for a draw against David Papot, 156lbs, of Saint Nazaire, France. McGirt Jr. boxed well in the early going, using a jab to bloody the nose of the Frenchman. Papot did much of the pressing while McGirt tried to stymie him with straight punches. As the rounds wore on Papot became more effective but many of the rounds were close, with neither fighter able to stun or hurt the other. The most heated the action got was in the ninth where each boxer landed meaner shots and drew the crowd back into the fight.

At the end of twelve the judges scored it 117-111 for Papot, 115-113 for McGirt Jr and 114-114.

With the even bout, Papot's record goes to 22-0-1 (3) while McGirt's moves to 27-3-2 (14).

In the fight of the night and the biggest upset on the card, Lavisas Williams, 131.5lbs, of Rochester, NY defeated Mario Alfano, 131.5lbs, of Rome, Italy by unanimous decision. In the classic match-up of boxer versus puncher, Alfano played the role of aggressive, onrushing slugger while Williams fleshed out his part as the slick, clever boxer using distance and jabs to control his opponent. Alfano had a great first round and hurt Williams to the body along the ropes. But the second was a different story. Williams adjusted beautifully and slammed jabs into Alfano's face as he came forward and blunted his rushes with lateral movement. The third round was close but after that Williams dominated and rid himself of any cobwebs and negative mojo from having sat on the shelf since a February twenty-sixteen kayo loss on ShoBox. On this night, Williams would not be denied his opportunity to shine in front of alumni of the IBHOF like Michael Spinks, Sugar Shane Mosley and Erik Morales and more, all watching from ringside.

At the end of 12 the judges saw it 78-74 x 2 and 77-75 all in favor of Rochester's Red Williams who improved to 9-1-1 (3) while Alfano sank to 13-1-1 (3).

The son of another IBHOF inductee, Alcibiade Duran Galvan aka Roberto Duran Jr, 147lbs, of Plantation, FL scrapped with Jonathan Pierre, 146lbs, of Vero Beach, FL. At the end of 4, the judges saw it 39-37 for Pierre, overruled by two scores of 39-37 for Duran Jr.

The offspring of Manos De Piedra picked up his third victory in as many fights, now 3-0 (2) while Jonathan Pierre lost for the first time, leaving Verona at 3-1.

Wendy Toussaint, 152.5lbs, of Huntington, NY defeated Lucius Johnson, 160lbs, of Compton, CA by unanimous decision. Toussaint boxed well over the six round distance but Johnson was durable and determined to last the distance. When the scorecards were read they were unanimous, 60-54 x 3, in favor of Toussaint.

In victory, Toussaint rose to 10-0 (4) while Johnson dropped to 4-6-1 (3).

In an all-New York clash, undefeated cruiserweight Alex "Lights Out" Vanasse, 190lbs, of Carmel, NY, met Eric "Caution" Abraham, 191.5lbs, of Schenectady, NY. Both guys were throwing shots that meant business from the start. Abraham's shots seemed more educated but Vanasse was more aggressive and awkward. But in the third Abraham connected with a big blast and sent Vanasse to the canvas. He got up and ref. Benjy Esteves allowed the fight to continue and it did for about ten more seconds. Abraham charged Vanasse and smashed him with two huge rights that put him down and out. Ref. Esteves waved off the fight at 1:52 of the 3rd.

Alex Vanasse looked alert as he left on a stretcher, now at 4-1 (4) while Eric Abraham climbed to 6-4 (3) with the victory.

In the opening fight of the night, Boubacar Sylla, 146.5lbs, of Cincinnati, OH defeated Marquis Hawthorne, 145lbs, of Waco, TX by an unpopular unanimous decision. Scores were 58-56 x 2 and 59-55.

Sylla improved to 10-0 (7) while Hawthorne dropped to 7-11 (1).

#JudahSeldin Twitter Recap

Cletus Seldins stops Zab Judah,
McGirt Jr and Papot draw,
and more action from nearby Boxing's Hometown
by Alex Pierpaoli
Ringside Results

As is our tradition here, if we covered a fight live and tweeted details from ringside** we like to post a recap later for any of you anti-social media types. Here is a chronological recounting of our live-tweets from ringside, made slightly more grammatical and a little bit less hashtaggie.
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#Boxing now in Bout 1, Boubacar Sylla of Cincinnati, Ohio versus Marquis Hawthorne of Waco, Texas, welterweights, 6 rounds

the taller, rangier Sylla landing well with straight shots through the first two minutes of the second but Hawthorne battled back in the final 20 seconds.

coming up on round number six and Hawthorne has definitely made this competitive. Sylla won the first 2 rounds clearly but Hawthorne has kept the last 4 close by coming on in the final 30 seconds.

He's surging now.

after 6 the officials see it a lopsided, and a little weird, 58-56 x 2, 59-55 all in favor of Boubacar Sylla who improves to 10-0 (7) and draws a flock of vocal boo birds. #IBHOF #BOXING #JudahSeldin

Here’s what tonight’s card looks like... bout 1 is in the books. #Boxing #JudahSeldin

Bout 2-- Alex Vanasse of Carmel, NY versus Eric Abraham of Schenectady, NY, 4 rounds, cruiserweights

thru 2 rounds these southpaws are winging big shots but doing lots of missing. This is a regional clash and so far Abraham's skills are beating the determined unorthodoxy of Vanasse

Eric Abraham just flattened Alex Vanasse in round three. Waiting on the official time. Two huge rights crumpled Vanasse near a neutral corner and caused the ref to wave off the bout.

Vanasse had just gotten up from one knockdown but they're getting the stretcher for him now.

the official time was 1:52 of round number 3. Abraham 6-4 (3) and Vanasse leaves with his first defeat, now 4-1 (4) #JudahSeldin

bout 3, 6 rds, jr middles, Wendy Toussaint 152.5lbs of Huntington, NY versus Lucius Johnson 160lbs of Compton, CA #JudahSeldin #boxing

Through two rounds Toussaint is in control, tagging Johnson with lefts and rights and smartly moving just out of his reach. 2-0 for Toussaint

Johnson is a southpaw and Toussaint just stepped on his lead foot. Johnson complained and Toussaint apologizes. Then he goes back to outboxing him.

Toussaint knocks the mouthpiece out of Johnson's mouth with a right hand

Johnson has made it clear he's not going to go quietly. He lost his mouthpiece in that round, got up from a low blow and switched back and forth from southpaw to orthodox avoiding much of the hurt Toussaint tried to serve him.

After six rounds the judges all see it the same 60-54,a piece, for Wendy Toussaint,  10-0 (4) and Lucius Johnson comes away with the moral victory of having lasted the distance.

Bout 4, Roberto Duran Jr aka Alcibiade Duran Galvan, 147lbs of Plantation FL #Boxing now against The Boogie Man, Jonathan Pierre 146lbs of Vero Beach, FL

After 4 rounds, the judges see it 39-37 for Pierrer overruled by 39-37 x 2 for Duran Jr. #JudahSeldin #boxing

The fisticuffs have been put on pause as the #IBHOF class of 2019 is introduced and they take a few bows in the ring.

Among this year's inductees is Tony DeMarco who is truly of a bygone era. Here he is in a beastly brawl with Canastota's Onion Farmer, the great Carmen Basilio. … #IBHOF #Boxing #IBHOF30

Back to the fights! Bout 5, Mario Alfano, 131.5lbs of Rome, Italy versus Lavisas Williams, 131.5lbs of Rochester, NY, 8 rounds, lightweights

Alfano swarmed Williams for much of the first, hammering at him along the ropes and forcing him to grab. Williams bleeding from the nose and mouth. Alfano maybe be cut near the hairline over his right eye

Wow, Williams adjusted very well and won that second round, pelting Alfano at a distance and keeping him on the outside. 1-1 in rounds, clearly. good competitive action here.

this is going to get interesting, close second. Williams whacks at him with success at range and Alfano presses forward again and again. Both fighters landed sporadically in that 3rd, this might come down to what style do these judges like more. The presser or the boxer?

That last round was the third, i think i called it the second. The action has been paused here in the 4th to look at a cut on Williams, now it resumes.

Alfano the aggressor in the fourth but he landed very little. Williams circled away throughout the round but pelted Alfano with jabs often, keeping him mostly ineffective. My card is 2-1-1 for Williams of Rochester, NY

Williams had his best round yet in the fifth. Now he's crashing power punches against the skull of the on-rushing Alfano. Williams' southpaw jab has really changed this entire fight. His confidence surging while Alfano's starts to sag.

Williams in control in round six. Alfano is befuddled by the movement the jab and the elusiveness and he tries switching to southpaw for a moment but quickly switches back.

Williams cut over both eyes but still in charge. If there's any justice in this room at all Lavisas Williams just exorcised the demons of his last time through the ropes, a February 19th twenty-sixteen stoppage loss.
Final round... Alfano needs this.

Lavisas Williams of Rochester comes away with the unanimous decision victory by scores of 78-74 x 2, 77-75. That was really fun. Nice little upset.

Mario Alfano falls to 14-1-1 (3) losing for the first time in his one and only bout outside of his native Italia. #boxing

Bout 6, the co-main event, pitting James McGirt Jr. 159.5lbs of Brentwood, NY against David Papot 156lbs of Saint Nazaire, France #JudahSeldin #Boxing

McGirt Jr in control here, Papot's bleeding from an abrasion under his eye. Papot connecting but McGirt is the one doing more damage.

The blood is actually coming from Papot's nose and McGirt is smearing it all over the frenchman's face with the jab.

This is a bit tedious. Neither guy seems able to land anything hard enough to hurt each other.

Good round for Papot. He's closed the distance and is landing more frequently as McGirt tires. #IBHOF #JudahSeldin

McGirt went back to the jab in that 8th round but it was close.

Things just got meaner and harder in that 9th. Both guys landing with heavy shots. Big sweat spraying hooks and straight rights. McGirt got the better of matters. Papot's nose bleeding again.

Both guys looked to be saving some mustard to put behind their shots for the final round. Both are tired. McGirt Jr should be ahead but Papot could be within striking distance especially if he has a big twelfth and scores a knockdown

Interesting body language from both fighters at the bell. They were hesitant to embrace and just sort of nodded and grinned at each other, touched gloves. This was a close one. I didn't score it round by round, that's hard to do while tweeting, but I think McGirt won 7-5, maybe

117-11 for Papot, 115-113 McGirt and 114-114 even. A Draw. And they announced it a "split draw" for some reason. Why are people using that term?? wtf is going on here. It's a Draw! #JudahSeldin

who in God's name wrote this? It's disgusting. This never existed before MMA. 

Main Event Time!! @LifeOfCletus versus @SUPERJUDAH 12 rounds for the NABA Super Lightweight Title #Boxing #JudahSeldin

Zab Judah debuted as a prize-fighter on September 20th, 1996. Yes, 96. 23 years ago. His last bout was January of twenty-eighteen.

Some quick rushes at each other, some grabbing, some wrestling, but Judah able to land with long lefts, Single shots. Seldin pressing, Judah circling a bit.

Lots of grabbing. Ref. Charlie Fitch has to put an end to this. The last minute of the second looked more like jiu-jitsu

Zab Judah using the right jab to make Seldin hesitate a bit on the outside.

WOW! Judah boxing well hearing chants of Supah! Supah! when Seldin connects hard in the final seconds of the rd and Judah staggers across the ring. DING! The bell saves him.

They're rumbling in close and Seldin is content with this, digging at Judah's body but Judah's doing it to clear the cobwebs. He's harder to hit with his head right up next to Seldin's and both guy's leaning into each other. Seldin's round.

Judah got tagged with a straight right to the chin and is clutching

Judah landed a shot of his own right at the bell to end the sixth but that was mostly Seldin's round.

Judah using his legs more but Seldin is walking him down. Still some grappling in close, initiated by Judah to prevent Seldin from hacking at him to the guts.

Judah bought himself some time in that round using some distance and lots of right jabs. Seventh round coming up... #Boxing #JudahSeldin

Very nice right hook in close from Judah

Judah really looking good. He's found spaces in there where Seldin just can't hit him. Seldin may be younger and stronger but Zab is just plain better and fighting lots smarter.

Round 11 coming up and we're into the Witching Hour! It's Midnight plus five minutes. #JudahSeldin fighting right on into tomorrow

Ref Charlie Fitch may have been a little quick on that stoppage but Judah got caught with a right hand that wobbled him and Seldin opened up on him, pinning him on the ropes and forcing a stoppage.

Judah has always been a little chinny and they don't call Seldin the Hebrew Hammer for nothing. The official time of the stoppage was 1:40 of the 11th.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Judah vs. Seldin, Papot and McGirt Jr on #IBHOF weekend

New York, 
As the buzz continues to grow surrounding International Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, the June 7th card at Turning Stone Resort Casino, proudly presented by JOE DEGUARDIA'S STAR BOXING is excited to announce that three titles and significant rankings are now at stake.
In the main event, 6-time world champion ZAB "SUPER" JUDAH (44-9 30KO's) is set to take on New York knockout artist, CLETUS "THE HEBREW HAMMER" SELDIN (23-1 19KO's), in a bout that has the boxing world ready for fireworks. Star Boxing is pleased to announce that both New York born fighters will be taking their shot at the NABA Super Lightweight Title in a 12-round bout. Judah enters this fight as a winner of his last two, by TKO and unanimous decision, respectively. Judah's illustrious career includes an opponent list of elite boxing talent. With his eyes now set on a victory on June 7th, Judah hopes that it will lead to a super lightweight world title challenge in the near future.  Opposing Judah is New York, Jewish pugilist, Cletus Seldin, who has been feared as one of the hardest punching Super Lightweight fighters.  Seldin was one of the hottest prospects in NY and in 2017 he became the third ever fighter to make back-to-back featured appearances on HBO, alongside Hall of Famers, ROY JONES JR. and MIKE TYSON.  Seldin knows the kind of benefits that will come if he can add a victory against an elite, world known fighter like Judah, on June 7th.

Star Boxing is also pleased to announce that the co-feature bout, between undefeated Frenchman, DAVID PAPOT (22-0 3KO's), currently rated #8 by the WBA and veteran JAMES "BUDDY" McGIRT JR. (27-3-1 14KO's), will be for the vacant WBA Intercontinental and WBO International Middleweight Titles. A win for either fighter will be a major step towards a future world title challenge. Papot, the current French Super Welterweight Champion, will be making his United States debut, against the veteran McGirt Jr., who will be fighting in front of his father, JAMES "BUDDY" MCGIRT, as he will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on the same weekend.

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