Seldin crushes Vazquez; Franco edges Luckey

Seldin (L) crushes Vazquez (R) (Photo courtesy of Star Boxing)
Seldin (R) crushes Vazquez (L) (Photo courtesy of Star Boxing)
Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin scored an explosive opening round KO over Orlando Vazquez, as he knocked off the rust from a nine-month layoff in style, Saturday night at The Paramount in Huntington, NY.
Seldin (18-0, 15ko’s) came out aggressive from the opening bell, landing straight shots and body shots against the overwhelmed Vazquez, who within the first minute went into survival mode. Late in the opening round, Seldin connected with a vicious left hook that dropped the Puerto Rican, who showed guts as he got back up.
However, the Long Island native jumped on him again as he delivered a crushing right hand to the body that dropped Vazquez (18-8-1, 12ko’s) again. Vazquez’ last six losses have all come courtesy of a KO.
“What a spectacular night once again at The Paramount,” said Star Boxing’s CEO Joe DeGuardia.
This time he stayed down as the bout came to a screeching halt at 2:40 of the first, as Seldin easily defended his WBC International Silver Jr. welterweight title for the third time.
“We have now established a tradition here at The Paramount – one sold out standing room only crowd after another. We have great fans and I’m pleased they were treated to another great night of exciting fights. ‘The Hammer’, Cletus Seldin went right into immediate seek and destroy mode thrilling his huge fan base with that 1st round knockout.  I think Cletus is ready to step up and challenge some of the top rated Jr. Welterweights in the world,” he added.
In other action, former Cuban Olympian and amateur star Luis Franco just got past a game Tyrone Luckey, winning an unanimous eight-round decision in a very competitive junior lightweight affair. The judges saw it 80-72, 80-72, and 78-75.
The early stages of the bout were action-packed and tightly contested as Franco (14-1-1, 9ko’s) used his jab wisely and he was able to land more punches as the gritty Luckey (8-6-2, 6ko’s) attempted to engage him and match him punch for punch.
Franco stunned Luckey with some solid body shots later on in the bout, and was able to pull away from the sixth-round on en route to the win. The 34-year-old veteran Franco was a brilliant amateur boxer, winning several national and international titles as he won his third straight but, while Luckey has now dropped two straight.
Tyrone James (2-0, 1ko) won a four-round decision over Nyein Maung (2-2-2) in a thrilling affair, while heavyweight George Arias (5-0, 3ko’s) got past a very tough James Hammortree (6-1, 6ko’s) in a spirited four-round fight. The judges saw it 40-36 on all three cards for the Bronx native.
In a six-round lightweight matchup Johnny Hernandez (7-1, 2ko) outslugged Jose Guzman (6-13-1) in a good clean fight. Herandez was simply the more active boxer, and the judges saw the fight 60-54, 59-55, and 58-56 all in favor of him.
“What a spectacular night once again at The Paramount. We have now established a tradition here at The Paramount – one sold out standing room only crowd after another.  We have great fans and I’m pleased they were treated to another great night of exciting fights.  ‘The Hammer’, Cletus Seldin went right into immediate seek and destroy mode thrilling his huge fan base with that 1st round knockout.  I think Cletus is ready to step up and challenge some of the top rated Jr. Welterweights in the world”.

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