How does a kid from Shirley Long Island make it onto the world stage of professional prize fighting? Enter, CLETUS SELDIN (Shirley, NY 25-1 21KO’s). Seldin is set to defend his NABA Super Lightweight title against tough Brazilian, WILLIAM SILVA (28-3 16KO’s) in a 10-round cross-roads fight at Triller Fight Club tonight (10/16) live from the Barclays Center.
Seldin grew up on Long Island’s south shore and from a young age had a no quit attitude. While attending Longwood high school, Cletus was a talented multi-sport athlete as both a state champion wrestler and starting cornerback for the Long Island Champion Longwood Lions. It was during this time Cletus decided he would become a professional athlete.
At 5’7″, a professional football career was out of reach. Instead, Seldin turned his sights to becoming a professional body builder, competing in a few meets. While finding some success, it would not be his passion. At the age of 22, Cletus walked into a boxing gym for the first time.
After a year of getting beat up, Cletus began to see a change, becoming the aggressor – and the “Hebrew Hammer” was born. Cletus’ strong work ethic and hunger to win translated to dominance in the ring. His come forward, throwback style reminiscent of the greats of boxing’s past like Marciano created a fear in his opponents. He becomes the cerebral assassin that abuts you with the left and puts you to sleep with the “Hebrew Hammer” right.
Saturday night marks an important test for Seldin. Entering the fight on a four-bout knockout streak and, more importantly, on the fringe of world title contention. In his way is stablemate, William Silva, who finds himself in the same position as Seldin, but simply on the other side of the ring. Only one man will have his hand raised, and to the victor goes the spoils. Will the “Hebrew Hammer” put an abrupt stop the fight as he has done 21 times prior, or will Silva put out the flame and take the belt and victory back to Brazil? Tune in tonight to find out.
The stream is set to begin at 6PM ET. The main event is estimated to walk at 8PM ET. Tickets can be purchased at TrillerFightClub.com. The Seldin-Silva & Gonzalez-Ananyan slugfest is promoted by Triller Fight Club, DiBella Entertainment and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.