About Cletus Seldin
Cletus Seldin (born September 11, 1986) is an American super lightweight boxer known as “The Hebrew Hammer”.
In December 2014, he won the World Boxing Council International Silver Light Welterweight (140 pounds (64 kg)) title. Seldin’s record as of November 2017 is 21–0, with 17 knockouts.
Cletus Seldin, who is Jewish, was born in East Yaphank, New York (part of Shirley, New York, on Long Island), named after former New York Yankee third baseman Clete Boyer, who was a close friend of his grandparents. He grew up in Shirley in the eastern blue-collar part of Long Island. His father is Harry Seldin. His grandfather Lee Seldin headed a motorcycle club, the Dragons, in Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, New York, during the 1950s.
At Longwood High School in Middle Island, New York, Seldin playing cornerback and wide receiver on the Longwood Lions football team, which won the 2004 Long Island championship, and wrestled and learned jiu jitsu. In his senior year he set the New York State deadlifting record for men weighing up to 145 pounds (66 kg), by lifting 470 pounds (210 kg). He later studied at Suffolk Community College.
Seldin’s nickname is the Hebrew Hammer. He is trained and managed by Pete Brodsky, and promoted by Joe DeGuardia.
In honor of his Jewish heritage he wears a Star of David on his trunks, as did former Jewish boxers Benny Leonard and world champion Barney Ross, and the back of his jacket says “Remember the Masada”. Unlike Jewish contemporary fighters Yuri Foreman and Dmitry Salita, who fight using modern boxing styles, Seldin fights in a throwback rugged brawler style, focusing on constantly putting pressure on the opposing fighter to wear him down. He describes his style as “come forward and fight.” ESPN boxing writer Dan Rafeal described him as “a fun fighter.” Seldin began boxing as a professional in 2011, when he was 22 years old.
In April 2013, he had surgery for a torn right rotator cuff, labrum, and right hand. That was followed by a lay-off of nine months.
Seldin made his national television debut in July 2014 on ESPN against Bayan “the Mongolian Mongoose” Jargal (17–5–3, 11 knockouts) at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, Long Island, New York. The fight ended as a “no-contest” in the third round, as Jargal suffered a badly swollenshut right eye, and the ringside physician decided that Jargal could not continue any longer.
In December 2014, he again faced Jargal. Seldin defeated him by a technical knockout in the ninth round, winning the World Boxing Council International Silver Light Welterweight (140 pounds (64 kg)) title.
He won with a technical knockout against Johnny Garcia (19–2–1, 11 KOs) on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights on February 27, 2015, headlining as the main event in a fight for Seldin’s WBC title. The referee stopped the fight in the fifth round. Seldin brought his record to 16–0, with 13 knockouts, including knockouts in 12 of his last 13 fights.
On June 20, 2015 Seldin defended his WBC International Silver junior welterweight title and brought his record to 17-0 with 14 knockouts, with a 4th-round main event TKO of Ranee Ganoy, who was 38-13-2 with 32 knockouts, at The Paramount.