Bruce Seldon

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Bruce Seldon
Bruce Seldon.jpg
Bruce Seldon (left) and son Isiah Seldon (right) ringside at Trump Taj Mahal in 2010 after Isiah's KO win
Statistics
Nickname(s) "The Atlantic City Express"
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 1 12 in (1.87 m)
Reach 78 in (198 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1967-01-30) January 30, 1967 (age 47)
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 48
Wins 40
Wins by KO 36
Losses 8
Draws 0

Bruce Samuel Seldon (born January 30, 1967) is a retired American boxer who fought as a heavyweight. In forty-eight career fights, Seldon won forty with thirty-six knockouts.

Seldon fought from 1988 until 1996, and again from 2004 until 2009. He is a one-time world heavyweight champion, having won the World Boxing Association title in 1995.

Amateur career[edit]

Seldon compiled an amateur record of 20–4 and won the New Jersey Golden Gloves Super Heavyweight Championship.

Professional career[edit]

Known as "The Atlantic City Express", Seldon began his career on October 4, 1988 with a first-round knockout of Joel McGraw and won his first 18 fights without a blemish. During his winning streak he defeated some notable boxers: Ezra Sellers (future world cruiserweight title challenger), Ossie Ocasio (former cruiserweight champion and heavyweight title challenger), David Bey (former world rated contender), and Jose Ribalta (former world title contender).

On April 18, 1991 future WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall handed Bruce his first defeat. Seldon was ahead on the scorecards but tired and was knocked down by McCall three times in the ninth. In his next fight Seldon was matched with future undisputed world heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe who defeated him.

Seldon returned in 1992 with a victory over Jesse Ferguson whom he stopped on an eye injury, but was knocked down and outpointed the same year by ex-champion Tony Tubbs. Seldon signed with promoter Don King in 1993 and boxed on a series of his undercards, most notably in August 1993 when he stopped ex-champion Greg Page in nine rounds.

WBA heavyweight title[edit]

In 1995, world heavyweight champion George Foreman was stripped of the WBA title for declining to defend it against Tony Tucker. As Seldon was the second-ranked contender, a fight between him and Tucker was arranged for the vacant belt on April 8, 1995 in Las Vegas. Seldon, the underdog, used his jab to great effect and swelled Tucker's eye shut, to the point where the fight was stopped by the ringside doctor after seven rounds.[1]

On August 18, 1995, Seldon fought on the undercard of the Mike Tyson-Peter McNeeley fight that marked Tyson's return to boxing. In the first defense of his title, Seldon again used his jab to control Joe Hipp and stop him in the tenth round.[2]

Seldon vs Tyson[edit]

Seldon's next defense was scheduled against Tyson, who in early 1996 won the WBC title for a second time by knocking out Frank Bruno. The bout was originally to be a title unification fight, with both Seldon's WBA belt and Tyson's WBC belt at stake. However, the WBC mandated that Tyson defend his belt against former champion Lennox Lewis first. Since the fight with Seldon was already signed, Tyson vacated his belt and only Seldon's was on the line when the two fought on September 7, 1996.

The fight was marred by controversy as Seldon lost by knockout in the first round. His performance in the fight was vastly criticized, as he was knocked down twice on what appeared to be light or "phantom" punches from Tyson. Rumors started that Seldon had been paid to take a dive against Tyson, with the fans chanting "fix" following the decision. Although Seldon claimed in a post fight interview with Jim Gray that he did not take a dive, the criticism of his performance (including accusations that he took a dive) did not stop and Seldon elected to retire following the fight. The late rapper Tupac Shakur attended the fight before his death.

Comeback[edit]

Seldon attempted a comeback at age 37 in 2004.[3] He defeated two journeymen before gaining a high profile fight on HBO with Gerald Nobles. Abandoning his jab and boxing style for a punch out, Seldon decked Nobles in the second and was ahead on points but ended up throwing in the towel due to an eye injury in the ninth. In his next bout, an overweight Seldon was stopped in two rounds by Tye Fields.

Seldon launched a second comeback in 2007, now into his 40's, and knocked out a series of journeymen before being knocked out himself by ranked contenders Kevin Johnson and Fres Oquendo. He was also KO'd in four during an exhibition with Alexander Povetkin.

Seldon is currently training his super middleweight son Isiah Seldon. While not officially 'retired', Seldon is more involved with his son's career at this time. Bruce Seldon's career record stands at 40 Wins and 8 losses, with 36 knockouts.

Professional boxing record[edit]

40 Wins (36 knockouts, 4 decisions), 8 Losses (7 knockouts, 1 decision), 0 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 40–8 United States Fres Oquendo KO 9 (10) 24/07/2009 Illinois UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, United States For Interim NABA heavyweight title.
Win 40–7 United States Gabe Brown TKO 5 (8) 15/05/2009 New Jersey Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 39–7 United States Brad Gregory TKO 2 (8) 07/11/2008 New Jersey Bally's Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 38–7 United States Kevin Johnson TKO 5 (10) 05/09/2008 New Jersey Bally's Event Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 38–6 Ecuador Livin Castillo TKO 5 (8) 31/05/2008 New Jersey Showboat Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 37–6 United States Jay Sweetman KO 2 (8) 10/03/2007 Virginia Best Western Banquet Hall, Winchester, Virginia, United States
Win 36–6 United States Marcus Rhode KO 1 (6) 10/02/2007 Pennsylvania Klein Jewish Comm. Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 35–6 United States Tye Fields KO 2 (10) 28/10/2005 Nevada Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 35–5 United States Gerald Nobles TKO 9 (10) 15/05/2004 Nevada Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 35–4 United States Lenzie Morgan TKO 2 (6) 09/04/2004 Pennsylvania Drexel National Guard Armory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 34–4 United States Otis Tisdale KO 3 (6) 06/03/2004 Pennsylvania Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 33–4 United States Mike Tyson KO 1 (12) 07/09/1996 Nevada MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost WBA heavyweight title.
Win 33–3 United States Joe Hipp TKO 10 (12) 19/08/1995 Nevada MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBA heavyweight title.
Win 32–3 United States Tony Tucker RTD 7 (12) 08/04/1995 Nevada Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won vacant WBA heavyweight title.
Win 31–3 United States Bill Corrigan KO 1 (?) 17/12/1994 Ecuador Ruminahui Coliseum, Quito, Ecuador
Win 30–3 Samoa Tui Toia TKO 3 (?) 02/07/1994 Nevada Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 29–3 United States Nathaniel Fitch TKO 4 (12) 19/02/1994 North Carolina Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States Retained IBF Inter-Continental
heavyweight title.
Win 28–3 United States Greg Page TKO 9 (12) 06/08/1993 Puerto Rico Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico Retained IBF Inter-Continental
heavyweight title.
Win 27–3 United States Mike Robinson KO 2 (?) 17/04/1993 Pennsylvania Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 26–3 United States Al Shoffner TKO 7 (?) 15/02/1993 Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 25–3 Russia Alexander Popov TKO 2 (12) 24/01/1993 New Jersey Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained IBF Inter-Continental
heavyweight title.
Loss 24–3 United States Tony Tubbs UD 10 14/10/1992 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 24–2 United States Percell Davis TKO 3 (?) 18/09/1992 Pennsylvania Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 23–2 United States Mike Dixon UD 10 09/07/1992 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 22–2 United States Larry Givens TKO 2 (?) 22/06/1992 Indiana Greensburg, Indiana, United States
Win 21–2 United States Jim Taylor TKO 1 (?) 16/04/1992 Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Win 20–2 United States Dion Burgess TKO 1 (?) 09/02/1992 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 19–2 United States Jesse Ferguson TKO 5 (15) 19/01/1992 New Jersey Taj Majal Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental
heavyweight title.
Loss 18–2 United States Riddick Bowe KO 1 (10) 09/08/1991 New Jersey Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 18–1 United States Oliver McCall TKO 9 (10) 18/04/1991 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 18–0 United States Percell Davis TKO 1 (10) 22/03/1991 New Jersey Trump Castle, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 17–0 Cuba Jose Ribalta TKO 3 (10) 11/01/1991 New Jersey Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 16–0 United States David Bey TKO 10 (10) 01/11/1990 New Jersey Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 15–0 United States John Morton TKO 7 (?) 16/08/1990 Massachusetts Sheraton Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 14–0 United States Tom Sandner RTD 2 (10) 24/06/1990 New Jersey Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 13–0 Puerto Rico Ossie Ocasio PTS 8 18/05/1990 California San Jose, California, United States
Win 12–0 United States Danny Wofford UD 6 07/04/1990 Florida USA Flea Market, Miami Beach, Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 11–0 United States Jerry Jones TKO 8 (8) 23/03/1990 New Jersey Showboat Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 10–0 Puerto Rico Amos Lisboa-Casillas KO 1 (4) 18/02/1990 New Jersey Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 9–0 United States Lorenzo Canady RTD 2 (?) 15/01/1990 New Jersey Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 8–0 United States Hassan Shabazz TKO 5 (6) 28/11/1989 New York Alumni Arena, Buffalo, New York, United States
Win 7–0 United States Isaac Poole KO 1 (4) 15/09/1989 Florida Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida, United States
Win 6–0 United States Ezra Sellers TKO 2 (4) 22/08/1989 New Jersey Showboat Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 5–0 United States Warren Thompson TKO 3 (4) 25/06/1989 New Jersey Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 4–0 United States Jesse McGhee UD 4 30/05/1989 New Jersey Trump Castle, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 3–0 United States Mike Robinson TKO 3 (4) 21/03/1989 New Jersey Trump Castle, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0 United States Tyrone Barwell KO 1 (4) 23/11/1988 Pennsylvania Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 1–0 United States Joel McGraw TKO 1 (4) 04/10/1988 New Jersey Atlantis Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Professional debut.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beaver County Times. "Seldon wins heavyweight crown". April 9, 1995, p. B2. Retrieved on May 26, 2013.
  2. ^ Dahlberg, Tim. "Seldon bloodies Hipp to retain title". Eugene Register-Guard, August 20, 1995, p. 1F. Retrieved on May 26, 2013.
  3. ^ Lawrence Journal-World. "Seldon wants Tyson next". March 9, 2004, p. 2C. Retrieved on May 26, 2013.

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Achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
George Foreman
WBA Heavyweight Champion
April 8, 1995–September 7, 1996
Succeeded by
Mike Tyson