Tonight at 9:00 pm EST, join Connor Ruebusch for live coverage of the latest edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights from the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York.
Junior welterweights Cletus Seldin and Johnny Garcia headline tonight’s edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights, which airs at 9:00 pm EST on ESPN2 and streams online at WatchESPN.com, a 10-round bout where the unbeaten Seldin looks to take another step toward contention.
Seldin (15-0, 12 KO) is a 28-year-old fighter from Brooklyn, nicknamed “The Hebrew Hammer.” He went 3-0 last year, beating Wilfredo Acuna and Ramesis Gil before a step-up fight and stoppage win over Bayan Jargal in December. (Those two had also met in July, with the fight cut short in the third round on an accidental headbutt, and declared a no-contest.)
Garcia (19-2-1, 11 KO) is here as the opponent, but the Holland, Michigan native has been in that position before, and provided surprising results. Garcia, 32, upset Yordenis Ugas on a 2012 edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, and was back eight months later on that same show, losing to another Cuban fighter, Angelo Santana. He’s 0-1-1 in his last two fights, losing a majority decision to John Williams in June of last year, and then going to an eight-round draw with Moises Solis in his hometown on December 20.
Also in action tonight will be Philadelphia welterweight Raymond “Tito” Serrano (20-2, 9 KO), who looks to continue his bounce-back efforts against Jeremy Bryan (17-5, 7 KO). Serrano, 25, los back-to-back fights to Karim Mayfield and Emmanuel Taylor in 2012-13, but has won a couple of club-level fights since then to try and get back on track. Bryan, 29, has lost two straight, but on both occasions went 10 tough rounds with prospects Sadam Ali and Mikael Zewski, losing a split decision to Ali and a majority decision to Zewski.