Cletus Seldin is scheduled to struggle Rachid Jkitou on June 11 on the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York, USA. Jkitou is an undefeated knockout puncher, however Seldin holds many benefits.
Seldin (26-1, 22 KOs) is a 35 12 months outdated New Yorker. The “Hebrew Hammer” can be making his 18th look within the ring on the Paramount, so he’ll have the hometown benefit. Seldin has been way more energetic than Jkitou and has confronted the higher opposition. Final October, Seldin got here from behind to attain a shocking seventh spherical KO towards William Silva.
Although Jkitou has not but fought a world class opponent, 28-0 with 20 KOs is a powerful report regardless of who you face. The 36 12 months outdated has primarily fought in France and Morocco. Solely eleven of Jkitou’s 28 opponents sported a successful report after they fought, together with three totally different 1-0 fighters. Conversely, 24 of Seldin’s 28 (together with one “No Contest”) opponents got here in with successful data.
Indisputably, Cletus has one-punch knockout energy. Jkitou’s energy, nevertheless, is up for debate. Of his twenty KOs, six opponents retired after the completion of a spherical and ten had been stopped by TKO. Whereas the heart of Jkitou’s opponents can’t be questioned, after reviewing the footage, many didn’t precisely exit on their shields. Of their 2017 bout, Jkitou put Shawn Miller down for the ten rely. Miller leaned ahead and Jkitou landed a proper to the again of the top. The referee ignored the unintentional foul and reached the rely of ten.
Jkitou has fought solely eight occasions since 2011 and his final bout got here on September 19, 2019. Cletus turned professional in 2011 and final fought in October though that struggle ended a protracted layoff. However the Moroccan man does have some benefits.
Taller than Seldin, Jkitou can also be the naturally greater man. Although he was a welterweight for his final struggle, Jkitou fought Miller for a minor sanctioning physique’s gentle heavyweight world title belt. Rachid has spent a lot of his profession as an excellent middleweight. In his final three bouts, Seldin weighed in 35 kilos lighter than the sunshine heavyweight restrict. June 11’s struggle is seemingly for Seldin’s regional belt, which might make the restrict 140. We’ll see if making weight drains the person from Marrakesh.
Although he’ll seemingly begin out cautious behind the jab, Jkitou will quickly attempt to press ahead. He is good at selecting the correct punches on the within however would not possess fast fingers. Although not a punching bag, Rachid has some defensive deficiencies. He can block, parry, and slip towards slower fighters, however his fingers are inclined to decrease a bit as his fights progress, which leaves him a sucker for the overhand proper. The overhand proper occurs to be Seldin’s finest punch.
Come struggle night time, Seldin can rely on yet another benefit. He’ll definitely have the higher hair.
This struggle is scheduled for ten rounds or fewer. Rely on fewer.