Preserving a Jewish tradition… as a boxer

By Claudia Knutsson

In the early 1930s, almost one third of American boxers were Jewish. Today there are virtually no Jewish fighters, but 29-year-old Cletus Seldin of  Long Island is proud to say he is still among the faithful few.

Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin stands at 5 foot 7 inches and is currently undefeated in the lightweight division with 17 wins; 14 of those by way of knock out. Seldin is ranked as 9th by the World Boxing Organization and 10th by the World Boxing Council.

“Boxing changed my life to something positive.” said Seldin. “Since the day I steeped in the ring, I always knew and I always told myself I would be a professional athlete.” Seldin trains at the Westbury Boxing Club with former super middleweight professional boxer Scott Lopeck.

“Cletus has a lot of potential.” said Lopeck. “I think he will get a world championship.”