The Fort Worth, Texas, super bantamweight express named Jesse Angel Hernandez continued to pick up momentum last Saturday night, as he took his second consecutive undefeated record away, this time from Baltimore's Glenn Dezurn.
Fighting on the Danny Jacobs vs. Luis Arias and Jarrell Miller vs. Mariusz Wach undercard at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, Hernandez (now 10-1, 7 KOs) used his height and reach advantages to maximum effect while scoring an eight-round unanimous decision over Dezurn (now 9-1-1, 6 KOs).
Despite a game showing from Dezurn, 26-year-old Hernandez was able to keep Dezurn at bay while landing long power shots. When Dezurn was able to make it inside, Hernandez would simply push him back. At the end of eight entertaining rounds, the judges' scorecards read 79-73, 78-74, and 77-75, all for Hernandez.
"It feels great. I think I looked impressive," said Hernandez. "I was winning every round. The game plan worked very well. I was trying to stay on the outside, with me being taller than him. My defense was better than his. He did more running than I thought he would. It was a good experience to fight another undefeated guy."
The win over Dezurn was Hernandez' "second 0 in a row." Last August 4, at MGM Grand Detroit, and televised live nationally on ShoBox: The New Generation, Hernandez stopped Russia's then undefeated Vladimir Tikhonov in five.
"Taking somebody's 0 gives me the confidence to keep doing it," continued Hernandez. "These are tough guys I'm fighting now. As I pick up fights and rounds, I feel like my experience is making me better and better. I feel like it's to my advantage to be in tough every time like this."
Hernandez's promoter, Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions, says he was very impressed by his newest super bantamweight contender.
"Jesse's speed, power, aggression and ring generalship were very impressive in this competitive match-up. With this win, Jesse showed that he is one of the best 122-lb contenders in the world. Boxing fans will hear more and more about him in the near future. The plan is to keep Jesse busy while increasing his exposure, to get him in position for a world title shot next year."
"Things are going great. I feel like I'm with the right team," said Hernandez. "Salita believed in me like I believe in myself. I will talk to my team and we're looking forward to fighting again in January or February."
Long Island's CLETUS "THE HEBREW HAMMER" SELDIN improved to 21-0 with 17 knockouts, with an outstanding third round knockout of ROBERTO "MASSA" ORTIZ, (now 35-2-2, 28 KO's) on Saturday night at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
As soon as the fight started, Seldin pursued Ortiz with his typical relentless style. Seldin dropped Ortiz twice in the opening round. The first knockdown was the result of a thunderous right hand that landed on the temple. Seldin continued attacking Ortiz in his crowd pleasing tenacious style throughout the round and fight.
Opening up a huge cut over Ortiz left eye with a massive right cross in the second round, Seldin earned the stoppage with a barrage of power punches in the third stanza as referee Shada Murdaugh called a halt to the carnage (2:43) of the scheduled 10-round junior welterweight bout.
"This is what I do, I'm the Hammer," said Seldin. "I know what I'm capable of in the junior welterweight division and I'm ready to take on all comers, any of the top names. I belong on HBO in big fights."
"My fans have been seeing me do this for the last couple of years at The Paramount on Long Island. I'm thrilled we were able to do this at the Coliseum and on HBO. I can't wait to fight here again where we can fill the place with the 'Hamma Heads'".
"Boxing always needs new stars and tonight in Cletus Seldin the sport has a new one," said JOE DEGUARDIA, President and CEO of STAR BOXING. "We're very thankful to Peter Nelson and HBO for the opportunity, clearly Cletus was ready to take advantage of it."
"We look forward to a big year for Cletus in 2018 with bigger opportunities and working with HBO on bigger fights at Nassau Coliseum."
Cletus Seldin's performance was tremendous and electrified the crowd, many of whom were the "Hamma Head" fans that were seen tailgating in the Nassau Coliseum parking lot before the event. Fans, media and HBO commentators were overwhelmingly impressed with the punching power and refreshing style of Seldin, which is truly unique and pleasing to watch.
Following on from a recent Management Buy-In, MTK Global have appointed Ciarán Gallagher as their new Head of Media Communications.
With a large investment leading to an overhaul of the company’s management structure, MTK Global have now moved to boost media coverage and communications to benefit their 130-plus stable of talented fighters with this latest appointment.
Having worked in media for over 10 years, Ciarán has reported on numerous sports for a variety of Irish and UK publications, including RTÉ, The Irish Times, Irish Examiner, Irish Independent, Irish Daily Star, The Mirror, The Sun, The Times, The42.ie and Boxing News, specialising in boxing and Gaelic games.
As a radio reporter, Ciarán first began to cover boxing in a professional capacity in 2007. After moving into print journalism with the Irish Daily Mail, he documented the careers of a number of Irish fighters both domestically and internationally from 2010-15.
Kicking off a busy two-year period as a freelance, Ciarán reported on the 2015 World amateur championships in Doha for seven Irish national media outlets prior to covering the sport at both amateur and professional level – from national championships to world- title fights – in the UK, US, Germany and Australia for a host of newspapers, websites and broadcast media stations.
Ciarán is keen to build on his previous work in his new role.
“I’ve interviewed and covered a lot of MTK Global fighters over the years – there are so many talented boxers and interesting characters that are deserving of coverage and I hope to help bring their careers, efforts and positive stories to the public’s attention. After chatting with Matthew and Paul, they impressed me with their enthusiasm and I’m really excited about the opportunity after the recent change of management and investment in the company.”
With MTK Global co-founder Matthew Macklin having regularly dealt with Ciarán throughout his own professional fighting career, he is delighted to welcome the new addition aboard.
“I’ve known Ciarán for years and his coverage of Irish boxing in that time has been second to none. He was the guy we really wanted for this role and I’ve no doubt he’s going to be a big part of the company moving forward.”
MTK International Operations Director Paul Gibson echoes those sentiments.
“One of my priorities was to quickly put the right person in place for this role and Ciarán was top of my list of targets. I’ve been reading his work for ten years and I couldn’t think of anyone better to help secure our fighters the type of quality coverage they need to boost their careers. I’m delighted we’ve got him and just in time for fight week of Frampton Reborn, the biggest boxing card in Irish history.”
MTK Global will announce further appointments and new management personnel in the coming weeks.