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“The Hebrew Hammer” pounds Mate in 48 seconds!

Photos by: Emily Harney

Junior welterweight contender Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (23-1, 19 KOs) needed only 48 seconds to destroy Adam “Bad Boy” Mate (28-14, 21 KOs) on Saturday at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut in the main event of the fan favorite “Slugfest at the Sun” series presented by promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing. 


Seldin came out strong from the opening bell, stalking Matt while throwing precise haymakers and clearly looking for the knockout.  Just twenty seconds into the first round, Seldin landed a devastating right hand that sent Mate crumbling to the floor. To Mate's credit, he rose off the canvas before the referee finished the ten count. Seldin wasted no time trapping Mate in the corner, and dropped him once again for the final time. The official time of the stoppage was 0:48 seconds of the first round.


A jubilant Seldin said this about his devastating KO victory:  "I am happy to be back. I have now had two fights since coming back from the surgery I had last year and I feel like it's back to normal.  I can't wait to get back in the ring again.  I want to thank Joe (DeGuardia) 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."


Laureano overwhelms Rivas!

Junior welterweight "Action" Anthony Laureano (10-0, 3 KOs) and Ronald Rivas (5-9-2, 3 KOs) put on a show for every minute of their eight-round co-feature contest.  Both fighters earned the respect of the fans for their effort, but it was Laureano who showed his superior skills, using an effective jab, left hook and damaging body punching to score a unanimous decision victory by scores of 79-72 twice and 80-71.

The fighters engaged each other from the opening bell and by the second round Rivas was cut and bleeding. In the third, Laureano banged the game Rivas on the ropes and across the ring. Laureano's ceaseless attack overwhelmed opponent in the fifth round as a left hook sent Rivas to the canvas. The slugfest continued for the remainder of the contest to the delight of the cheering crowd.  Laureano concluded the final minute of the final round throwing punches in bunches from all angles.

Laureano on returning to Mohegan Sun and his performance:  "I felt good in there and just love to fight in there.  Rivas was a tough and determined fighter and I have much respect for him."


Foster outboxes Suarez

William "The Silent Assassin" Foster (9-0, 6 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over Angel "El Gallo" Suarez (8-3, 3 KOs) in an eight-round jr lightweight clash. Foster started early, boxing swiftly and connecting with quick hands. However, Suarez would not be denied, finding openings in the second round, as blood began to come from the nose of Foster. The combatants waged war against each other for the entirety of the eight-round bout.  The judges unanimously scored the bout at 79-73 in favor of Foster. 


“Lefty” Marrero stops Karvaj in one!

Jacob "Lefty" Marrero (2-0, 1 KO) TKO’ed Hungarian Zsolt Karvaj (3-3, 3 KOs) in the first round of their junior lightweight encounter.  Marrero wasted no time sending Karvaj to the canvas two times in the opening round. Finally, a straight right hand on the chin of Karvaj caused enough damage for referee Danny Schiavone to halt the action with 1:07 expired in the first round. 


Martinez and Miner thrill the fans!

Fan favorite Nathan Martinez (2-0) went toe-to-toe against tough Philadelphian Jerrod Miner (1-3-2, 1 KO) in an entertaining featherweight matchup. The opening round saw great back-and-forth action.  In the first round, Miner scored with two hard rights, while Martinez found a home for his right hand. It was a very close first round but the second saw Martinez launch an impressive body attack as he connected with sharp, devastating shots to the midsection of his opponent. After four rounds of great action, the judges saw it 40-36 (twice) and 39-37, in favor of Martinez.


Hawthorne upsets Austion!

Welterweights Ronnie "Teflon Ron" Austion (10-1, 7 KOs) and Marquis "The Hawk" Hawthorne (6-9, 1 KO) started slow in the first round but gradually picked up action over the scheduled six rounder.  Hawthorne pressed the action while Austion sought to counter.  In the fourth round, Hawthorne was throwing and landing in high volume.  Austion lost a point for holding in the fifth round as Hawthorne continued his assault.  Hawthorne upset the previously undefeated Austion by scores of 57-56, 58-55 and 59-54. 


US debut of French jr middleweight sensation David Papot cancelled

Jr middleweight David Papot (22-0, 3 KOs) of Saint-Nazaire, France was scheduled to make his USA debut against the tough Courtney Pennington (12-3-2, 5 KOs), however two days before fight, Pennington pulled out of the bout due to back spasms.  Star Boxing then brought in Ronald Montes (18-11, 16 KOs) however Montes failed his physical due to a high pulse rate, consequently the bout was not sanctioned by the Mohegan Tribe Athletic Commission and pulled from the card.

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