Cletus Seldin vs. Undefeated Rachid Jkitou Headlines
“Rockin' Fights” On June 11 In Long Island, NY
“Rockin’ Fights” 42 is bringing sizzling KO heat to The
Paramount on Saturday, June 11 as Star Boxing is pleased to
announce a thrilling 10 round championship main event
between two knockout artists.
Fight fans rejoice, it’s a “Hammer Holiday” as #11 (WBA) and
#15 (IBF) world rated super lightweight, CLETUS “THE HEBREW
HAMMER” SELDIN (Shirley, NY, 26-1 22 KO’s) puts his NABA
Super Lightweight Title on the line against undefeated
French challenger RACHID JKITOU (Marrakesh, Morocco, 28-0 20
KO’s) in a 10 round main event featuring two massive
punchers that has knockout finish potential with every
With this main event, Seldin will be making his record
breaking 18th appearance at The Paramount. He already has
the honored distinction of the most victories and knockout
wins in “Rockin’ Fights” series history. Having fought in
the very first “Rockin Fights” back in 2011, Seldin has
since won 17 bouts at The Paramount, 14 of which came by way
of vicious knockout. To say his ring moniker “Hebrew Hammer”
proceeds him is an understatement. Seldin, a local boxing
star, is also one of only three fighters in history to have
fought in featured bouts on HBO In back-to-back months, a
distinction shared with only boxing legends, Roy Jones Jr.
and Mike Tyson. An emphatic win against a dangerous opponent
in Jkitou will put Seldin into world title contention.
Seldin earned his NABA super lightweight title in 2019 when
he stopped multi-time world champion and former undisputed
champion, Zab Judah in the eleventh round at Turning Stone.
Since then, Seldin has defended his title twice, most
recently having defeated well respected William Silva
(entered fight: 28-3 16KO’s) by devastating 7th round KO at
the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn this past October on
TrillerVerz. June 11 will be the third time Seldin sets out
to defend his NABA Title.
“I am excited to be back home after all these years." said
Seldin. "Nothing can compare to The Paramount crowds and
amazing moments that I have built there over the years. This
is a great fight against an undefeated fighter and I plan on
defending my NABA title to get a big opportunity after this
Jkitou is a dangerous undefeated puncher who will put his
perfect record on the line against Seldin, in the hopes of
landing one punch to not only take home the NABA Super
Lightweight Title, but to also put himself in direct
position for world title contention. Jkitou is a former WBC
Mediterranean, and French National Champion who fights in an
aggressive pressure-filled style throwing devastating
combinations. The French born Jkitou recently made the move
to America in hopes of landing a big opportunity to put
himself in the mix on the world stage, which he now has on
June 11 at the Paramount.
Rachid Jkitou had this to say about the fight “I am coming
to take the NABA Title from Cletus Seldin on June 11. I am
excited for this opportunity and to be back in the ring on a
big stage. Thank you to my team and to Star Boxing."
As they say, when opportunity knocks, open the door - but
under these circumstances beware, because opportunity comes
in the form of two devastating punchers with a career’s
worth of dedication on the line and only one man standing in
the way. With a 78% knockout ratio for Seldin, and a 71%
knockout ratio for Jkitou, the writing is on the wall for
what should be an absolutely thrilling main event . . .
while it lasts, ‘don’t blink’.
“As a boxing fan you cannot ask for something better than
this main event,” said Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA. “Two
fighters in Cletus Seldin and Rachid Jkitou who put it all
on the line every fight, willing to let their hands go to
score a knockout. A lot is on the line in this fight and I
commend both Cletus and Rachid for not backing down, taking
a tough fight in order to take the next step towards world
title contention. June 11 at the Paramount will be can’t