Last month, Cletus Seldin made a splash with a third round smashing of Roberto Ortiz in Seldin’s HBO debut. Tonight, Seldin was toyed with in Quebec, dominated over 10 rounds by Yves Ulysse Jr.
Ulysse (15-1, 9 KO) dropped Seldin in the first, second, and third rounds en route to an easy decision victory, with scores of 99-88 across the board. Frankly, it’s hard to figure what round any of the judges might have given Seldin. BLH had it 100-87 on two separate cards.
This wound up being a total mismatch, as Seldin’s one-dimensional aggression was no class for the sharper skills, quicker hands, and more nimble feet of Ulysse.
For as exciting and fun as Seldin was to watch a month ago, he was every bit as miserable in this fight, with credit only really given to his toughness and determination. He was completely outclassed tonight otherwise, to the point it’s almost impossible to imagine him ever getting back on HBO airwaves.
As for Ulysse, this was a strong showing under the bright lights, and a big step back up the ladder after a controversial split decision loss to Steve Claggett in October. The 140-pound division is a bit open with Terence Crawford’s departure, and he could make some moves in 2018, but we’ll have to see how he does against more polished opponents, too.
Ulysse outlanded Seldin 157-42 overall, and landed at a 44% connect rate, compared to a miserable 13% for Seldin. For power shots, Ulysse landed 143 of 281 (51%), with Seldin at just 34/220 (15%).
Here are the knockdowns: