Bruce Seldon

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Bruce Seldon
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Seldon (left) and son Isiah (right), 2010
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Real nameBruce Samuel Seldon
Nickname(s)The Atlantic City Express
Weight(s) Heavyweight
Height6 ft 1 12 in (187 cm)
Reach78 in (198 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born (1967-01-30) January 30, 1967 (age 54)
Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights48
Wins40
Wins by KO36
Losses8

Bruce Samuel Seldon (born January 30, 1967) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1988 to 1996, and 2004 to 2009. He held the WBA heavyweight title from 1995 to 1996, most notably losing to Mike Tyson via knockout in his second defense.

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Amateur career

Seldon compiled an amateur record of 20 wins and 4 losses, and won the New Jersey Golden Gloves in the super heavyweight division.

Professional career

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 Seldon 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 champion

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

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 on that night, and was shot on the journey home, leading to his death six days later.

Comeback

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 40s, 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. Seldon's career record stands at 40 wins and 8 losses, with 36 knockouts.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
48 fights40 wins8 losses
By knockout367
By decision41
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
48Loss40–8 Flag of the United States.svg Fres Oquendo KO9 (10), 2:35Jul 24, 2009 Flag of the United States.svg UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.For vacant WBA–NABA interim heavyweight title
47Win40–7 Flag of the United States.svg Gabe BrownTKO5 (8)May 15, 2009 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway by the Bay, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
46Win39–7 Flag of the United States.svg Brad GregoryTKO2 (8), 2:01Nov 7, 2008 Flag of the United States.svg Bally's, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
45Loss38–7 Flag of the United States.svg Kevin Johnson TKO5 (10), 0:28Sep 5, 2008 Flag of the United States.svg Bally's, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
44Win38–6 Flag of Ecuador.svg Livin CastilloTKO5 (8), 0:57May 31, 2008 Flag of the United States.svg Showboat, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
43Win37–6 Flag of the United States.svg Jay SweetmanKO2 (8), 1:56Mar 10, 2007 Flag of the United States.svg Best Western Banquet Hall, Winchester, Virginia, U.S.
42Win36–6 Flag of the United States.svg Marcus RhodeTKO1 (6), 1:05Feb 10, 2007 Flag of the United States.svg Klein Jewish Community Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
41Loss35–6 Flag of the United States.svg Tye Fields KO2 (10), 1:14Oct 28, 2005 Flag of the United States.svg The Orleans, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
40Loss35–5 Flag of the United States.svg Gerald Nobles TKO9 (10), 0:41 May 15, 2004 Flag of the United States.svg Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
39Win35–4 Flag of the United States.svg Lenzie MorganTKO2 (6)Apr 9, 2004 Flag of the United States.svg Drexel Armory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
38Win34–4 Flag of the United States.svg Otis TisdaleKO3 (6), 3:00Mar 6, 2004 Flag of the United States.svg The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
37Loss33–4 Flag of the United States.svg Mike Tyson TKO1 (12), 1:49 Sep 7, 1996 Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Lost WBA heavyweight title
36Win33–3 Flag of the United States.svg Joe Hipp TKO10 (12), 1:47 Aug 19, 1995 Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBA heavyweight title
35Win32–3 Flag of the United States.svg Tony Tucker RTD7 (12), 3:00 Apr 8, 1995 Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Won vacant WBA heavyweight title
34Win31–3 Flag of the United States.svg Bill CorriganKO1Dec 17, 1994 Flag of Ecuador.svg Coliseo General Rumiñahui, Quito, Ecuador
33Win30–3 Flag of Samoa.svg Tui ToiaTKO3 (10)Jul 2, 1994 Flag of the United States.svg The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
32Win29–3 Flag of the United States.svg Nathaniel Fitch TKO4 (12)Feb 19, 1994 Flag of the United States.svg Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.Retained IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title
31Win28–3 Flag of the United States.svg Greg Page TKO9 (12), 0:49Aug 6, 1993 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamon, Puerto RicoRetained IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title
30Win27–3 Flag of the United States.svg Mike RobinsonKO2Apr 17, 1993 Flag of the United States.svg Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, U.S.
29Win26–3 Flag of the United States.svg Al ShoffnerTKO7Feb 15, 1993 Flag of the United States.svg McGonigle Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
28Win25–3 Flag of Russia.svg Alexander PopovTKO2 (12), 3:00Jan 24, 1993 Flag of the United States.svg Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Retained IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title
27Loss24–3 Flag of the United States.svg Tony Tubbs UD10Oct 14, 1992 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway by the Bay, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
26Win24–2 Flag of the United States.svg Percell DavisTKO3, 2:38Sep 18, 1992 Flag of the United States.svg Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, U.S.
25Win23–2 Flag of the United States.svg Mike DixonUD10Jul 9, 1992 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway by the Bay, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
24Win22–2 Flag of the United States.svg Larry GivensTKO2Jun 22, 1992 Flag of the United States.svg Greensburg, Indiana, U.S.
23Win21–2 Flag of the United States.svg Jimmy TaylorTKO1Apr 16, 1992 Flag of the United States.svg Central Plaza Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
22Win20–2 Flag of the United States.svg Dion BurgessTKO1Feb 9, 1992 Flag of the United States.svg Broadway by the Bay, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
21Win19–2 Flag of the United States.svg Jesse Ferguson RTD5 (15), 3:00Jan 19, 1992 Flag of the United States.svg Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title
20Loss18–2 Flag of the United States.svg Riddick Bowe KO1 (10), 1:48Aug 9, 1991 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
19Loss18–1 Flag of the United States.svg Oliver McCall TKO9 (10), 2:37Apr 18, 1991 Flag of the United States.svg Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
18Win18–0 Flag of the United States.svg Percell DavisTKO1 (10), 1:07Mar 22, 1991 Flag of the United States.svg Trump's Castle, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
17Win17–0 Flag of Cuba.svg Jose Ribalta RTD3 (10), 3:00Jan 11, 1991 Flag of the United States.svg Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
16Win16–0 Flag of the United States.svg David Bey TKO10 (10), 0:38Nov 1, 1990 Flag of the United States.svg Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
15Win15–0 Flag of the United States.svg John MortonTKO7, 1:44Aug 16, 1990 Flag of the United States.svg Sheraton Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
14Win14–0 Flag of the United States.svg Tom SandnerRTD2 (8), 3:00Jun 24, 1990 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
13Win13–0 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Ossie Ocasio UD8May 18, 1990 Flag of the United States.svg San Jose, California, U.S.
12Win12–0 Flag of the United States.svg Danny WoffordUD6Apr 7, 1990 Flag of the United States.svg Flea Market, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
11Win11–0 Flag of the United States.svg Jerry JonesTKO8 (8), 0:42Mar 23, 1990 Flag of the United States.svg Showboat, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
10Win10–0 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Amos Lisboa-CasillasKO1 (4), 0:45Feb 18, 1990 Flag of the United States.svg Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
9Win9–0 Flag of the United States.svg Lorenzo CanadyRTD2, 3:00 Jan 15, 1990 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
8Win8–0 Flag of the United States.svg Hassan ShabazzTKO5 (6), 0:08Nov 28, 1989 Flag of the United States.svg Alumni Arena, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
7Win7–0 Flag of the United States.svg Isaac PooleKO1 (4)Sep 15, 1989 Flag of the United States.svg Jai-Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida, U.S.
6Win6–0 Flag of the United States.svg Ezra Sellers TKO2 (4)Aug 22, 1989 Flag of the United States.svg Showboat, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
5Win5–0 Flag of the United States.svg Warren ThompsonTKO3 (4)Jun 25, 1989 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
4Win4–0 Flag of the United States.svg Jesse McGheeUD4May 30, 1989 Flag of the United States.svg Trump's Castle, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
3Win3–0 Flag of the United States.svg Mike RobinsonTKO3 (4)Mar 21, 1989 Flag of the United States.svg Trump's Castle, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
2Win2–0 Flag of the United States.svg Tyrone BarwellKO1 (4), 1:34Nov 23, 1988 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
1Win1–0 Flag of the United States.svg Joel McGrawTKO1 (4)Oct 4, 1988 Flag of the United States.svg Atlantis Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Professional debut

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References

  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.
Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Mike Ronay Evans
IBF Inter-Continental
heavyweight champion

January 19, 1992 – April 1995
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Obed Sullivan
World boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
George Foreman
WBA heavyweight champion
April 8, 1995 – September 7, 1996
Succeeded by
Mike Tyson