In front of a sold out standing room crowd last night, December 20th, at The Paramount in Huntington, NY, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing presented the 16th installment of the popular Rockin Fights series. Undefeated power punching prospect Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin, 15-0 12KO’s, Shirley, NY, captured the vacant WBC International Jr. Welterweight title with a thrilling 9th round TKO over tough Bayan “The Mongolian Mongoose” Jargal, 16-6-1 11KO’s, Arlington, in the main event scheduled for 10 rounds.
Seldin started like a house on fire as the bell rang for round 1 as he charged right at Jargal and dropped him almost immediately with a picture perfect right hand. Seldin went for the early ending throwing everything at Jargal but Jargal withstood the onslaught and started firing his own shots back as the round ended.
The next three rounds saw toe to toe exchanges much to the delight of the pro Seldin crowd as each fighter landed numerous blows. Jargal tried to mount a comeback midway through the bout as he chased down Seldin landing many combinations to the head and body of Seldin however, Seldin continued to fire back at Jargal. Seldin exploded as the bell sounded for round 7 dropping Jargal for the second time with a 3 punch combination.
The 2 combatants continued to throw everything they had at each but eventually Seldin would get to Jargal late in the 9th round of the scheduled 10 round bout and finally got the stoppage win at2:46 of the round after a barrage of hard punches to the head. The crowd roared its approval and gave both fighters a long standing ovation for the incredible battle they had just witnessed. With the win Seldin captures the vacant WBC International Jr. Welterweight title.
The much anticipated rematch of their first encounter ( which took place on July 18th of this year on ESPN, a fight which ended prematurely due to an eye injury suffered by Jargal,) did not disappoint as these two warriors fought a high pitched battle in front of a screaming standing room crowd.
The co-feature saw the Paramount debut and recent Star Boxing signing Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith, 17-1 14KO’s, Mastic, NY, annihilate veteran Maxell Taylor, 18-10-1 8KO’s, Baltimore, MD, in just 37 seconds of the 1st round of a scheduled 8 round Light Heavyweight bout. Smith jumped right on Taylor backing him into a corner quickly and unleashed a non-stop flurry of hard punches to the head of a non-responsive Taylor forcing the referee to call a halt to the proceedings.
Other winners on the undercard included Constantin Bejenaru, 8-0 2KO’s, Catskill, NY, defeating Jon Bolden, 6-10-1 5KO’s, Brooklyn, NY by way of 6 round decision in an entertaining Heavyweight contest, Hicksville’s Anthony Karperis moved to 9-1 3KO’s with a much tougher than expected decision win over Ian James, 3-10-1 1KO, Brooklyn, NY over 6 rounds in the Lightweight division, undefeated Wendy Toussaint, 6-0 1KO, Huntington, NY, registered his first knockout win as a pro as he stopped the usually durable Malik Jackson, 1-5-4, Newark, NJ, in the 2nd round of a scheduled 6 round Welterweight bout, and Huntington Lightweight Johnny “Hitman” Hernandez moved 2-0 1KO with a hard earned 4 round decision over tough Jack Grady, 0-1, Buffalo, NY.
Star Boxing chief Joe DeGuardia was thrilled with the outcome of the night as once again Star Boxing delivered the goods, filling the arena with incredibly energetic fans and with exciting, competitive action from top to bottom.
All photos courtesy Star Boxing photographer Ed Diller