16-year-old featherweight prodigy Demler (DJ) Zamora III (2-0, 2 KOs), who trains out of the Pound-4-Pound Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada, continued his dominance in the ring as won via a first-round knockout last Friday, January 31st at the Big Punch Arena in Tijuana, Mexico.
DJ III landed a straight left that rocked his opponent and forced the referee to stop the contest. DJ Zamora III was a decorated amateur who now has started off his professional career with back-to-back knockouts
“The fight played out perfectly," said DJ Zamora III. “I worked so hard in this camp and this performance shows just how much work I put in. I’m looking to go back to Mexico next month to continue my quest to become a world champion.”
“DJ trained hard for this bout and the goal is to keep him very active,” said Demler Zamora Jr, the father, and trainer of Zamora III. “He fights well beyond his age and it is showing early in his professional career with these types of performances."
“DJ got great sparring this camp for this fight as he sparred Tugstsogt Nyambayar, who is fighting Gary Russell Jr for the WBC featherweight world title this weekend,” said Richard Barrientes Jr, DJ's assistant coach. “DJ is a really good fighter who is getting better with each fight.”
Prodigy boxing twins, Angel Barrientes (1-0, 1 KO), and Chavez Barrientes (1-0, 1 KO), both 17-years old, didn’t get to fight as both of their opponents backed out at the last minute.
On February 28, JOE DEGUARDIA'S STAR BOXING returns to The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island, for one of the most anticipated "Rockin' Fights" to date. The return of CLETUS "THE HEBREW HAMMER" SELDIN (Shirley, NY 24-1 20KO's) to where it all began has Long Island buzzing. Seldin will be defending his NABA Super Lightweight Title against Colombian veteran HUMBERTO "METRALETTA" MARTINEZ (Monteria, Columbia 33-9-2 17KO's).
Seldin returns after an eight-month layoff due to his torn rotator cuff. The injury occurred during perhaps Seldin's best win to date, an 11-round TKO upset victory over 6-time world champion ZAB "SUPER" JUDAH (44-9 30KO'S) at Turning Stone during the illustrious Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend. Seldin is currently riding a three-bout knockout streak, which began at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma against NELSON LARA (17-10-4 9KO's) on ESPN+, followed by a dominating TKO performance against ADAM MATE (28-13 21KO's) on NESN at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Making his United States debut, Humberto Martinez will be challenging Seldin for his NABA title. Martinez is no stranger to big time fights, having challenged for the WBC Latino and Continental America's as well as the WBO Latino Super Featherweight Titles. Taking on the likes of former world champion JORGE LINARES (then 46-5 28KO's) and former WBC International Silver Lightweight Champion, DANTE JARDON (32-6 23KO'S), Martinez has the experience he feels is necessary to upset the hometown hero.
Seldin's come forward, crowd pleasing, no breaks style always brings fans to their feet - especially the Seldin faithful who affectionately call themselves "Hamma Heads." Known for his immense power, Seldin displayed improved footwork, boxing IQ and tactic during the Judah fight, which he hopes to continue to progress ahead of his February 28 bout.
Martinez believes he is up for the challenge, "I know Cletus is a very hard puncher, but we have fought hard punchers before. We are starting camp in Florida and I promise I will be in great shape and make a very good fight"
Seldin cannot wait to defend his belt in front of his Long Island faithful, "I am not only coming into this fight looking to put on a show, but what better way for me to return to The Paramount by also bringing my NABA belt home and defending it in front of my hometown fans. Be there February 28, you will not want to miss it."
"As one of, if not the, hardest punchers at super lightweight, anytime Seldin steps in the ring, it is guaranteed to bring fireworks," said Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA. "We are excited to bring Seldin back to where it all began, at The Paramount. He has a very pleasing style that really excites the fans. You will not want to wait to get tickets to "Rockin' Fights" as they are already moving fast."
On Friday, February 28, 2020, Greenbelt, Md., native Sam “The Vanilla Gorilla” Crossed (9-0, 5KOs) will face the toughest test of his boxing career when he squares off with Baltimore’s “Slick” Nick Kisner (21-5-1, 6KOs). The 10-round matchup for the vacant Maryland Cruiserweight Championship is presented by Jeter Promotions and will take place at the world class Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover, Md. The bout will serve as the chief support for the main event between super middleweights Demond Nicholson (22-3-1, 20KOs) and Mike Guy (12-4-1, 6KOs).
“It is a huge fight for me that could really change my career,” Crossed said. “A win over Nick puts me in position to fight on the world stage and I am not taking this opportunity for granted.”
While this will be their first sanctioned bout, it will not be the first time Maryland pugilists have faced each other as they have sparred hundreds of rounds preparing each other for different opponents throughout their respective careers.
“We know each other very well,” the Greenbelt native said. “I have spent a ton of time in the ring with Nick over the years but this time we aren't going to be wearing headgear and 16oz gloves.
“This isn’t going to be a sparring session and I plan to go out there and show how much I have improved from the fighter I was when I made my debut.”
The fan favorite Crossed hopes his 2020 is better than his 2019, a year in which he had a plethora of fights fall out due to issues beyond the fighter control.
“Last year was very frustrating; I had so many fights fall out,” Crossed explained. “I never lost focus though, and I feel great heading into this one.”
The Jeter Promotions card will be the first for the wildly popular Crossed’s bout at Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover, Md., which is just minutes from where the former Roosevelt High School football and baseball standout grew up.
“When I started this journey I figured I would have few pro bouts and then move on with my life,” the undefeated boxer stated. “To be in a position to fight for the Maryland Cruiserweight Championship in just my tenth fight in front of my hometown crowd at a venue like Live! Casino & Hotel is kind of surreal.”
Crossed previously fought on a Jeter Promotions card in 2018 and hopes to continue the relationship with world-class Maryland-based boxing promoter.
“I would like to thank Tony and Christin of Jeter Promotions for the opportunity to fight on a platform like this and for a title at this early stage of my career,” Crossed said. “ I would also like to thank my sponsors for this fight Cloakroom D.C. and Jersey Mike’s.”
Josh Wale says he is a man on a mission this year, as he prepares to do battle on February 21 and – hopefully – move himself one step closer to a dream world title shot.
The Barnsley favourtite will headline in his home town at the Metrodome, taking on Tanzania’s Iddi Kayumba, before moving onto a slated June date at the same venue, which could potentially involve a world title eliminator contest.
The former British Bantamweight champion has looked impressive after moving up to featherweight, and picked up the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) International Title in his last fight, in November. The 43-fight veteran says his career has been rejuvenated after teaming up with promoter Dennis Hobson, and is hoping the Sheffield fight figure can move him onto the world scene like he has done previously with the likes of Jamie McDonnell, Clinton Woods and Stuart Hall.
Wale, 31, knows though that he cannot afford a slip up against unheralded Kayumba, and is aware that complacency could be his biggest foe ahead of the bout. The African has lost just twice in 16 bouts, with seven of his wins coming by KO. A southpaw, he has only fought outside his home country once previously, losing in five rounds to Britain’s Prince Patel for the African Boxing Union Bantamweight Title in Cairo, last August.
Chief support for the show is an all-Yorkshire heavyweight clash as Rotherham’s Kash Ali and Halifax’s Josh Sandland go head to head.
“I never think too much about my opponents, I just go in and do my job,” said Wale. “My last opponent had a great record, he was a really strong opponent with a puncher’s record, but I didn’t really look at him before the fight, to be honest. My dad is my coach, and he tells me what he thinks I should do, and I just go in and do it. I’m at the stage of my career now, I’ve been boxing since I was 11 and I’ve seen every style. It’s about me now and if I turn up, I’m a handful for anybody if I turn up and am in the right frame of mind.
“The biggest problem could be complacency, and I’ve had it at different stages of my career. Dennis is trying to work me towards a world title fight, he offered Josh Warrington’s last opponent [Sofiane Takoucht] good money for this fight, but he turned it down. We were messing about for weeks and came to the stage where we had to get the opponent in, because this is a homecoming show for me. So, I can’t be complacent, I’ve got to go in and perform and, to be fair, my last performance could have been the performance of my career. I’m a man on a mission this year.”