As reported on Friday, the Turning Stone Casino in Vernona, New York will host a boxing show on Friday, June 7th as part of the 30th Anniversary of Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend. The main event sees former two-division champion Zab "Super" Judah (44-9, 30 KOs) vs. Cletus "Hebrew Hammer" Seldin (23-1, 19 KOs). In the co-feature, James McGirt Jr. will have added pressure for a victory to honor his father James McGirt Sr. being inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame the same weekend. Tickets are now available at the Turning Stone Box Office in person or by calling 315.361.7469 and 12:00 p.m. online at TicketmasterBoxing fans will also have an opportunity to mingle with some of the biggest names in boxing, including boxing VIPs and Hall of Famers. Turning Stone will offer a unique boxing fan experience for guests who purchase tickets for the June 7thJudah vs. Seldin fight. For $50 (plus the purchase of a ticket), guests will receive access to the Boxing Hall of Fame Lounge, where boxing VIPs will be socializing throughout the night.
June 7th's main event features, Zab "Super" Judah (Brooklyn, NY), a former junior welterweight and welterweight champion . The three-time New York Golden Glove champion made his professional debut at the age of 18, and went on to defeat some of the most notable names in the business, including, Micky Ward, Lucas Matthysse and Cory Spinks (the reigning welterweight world champion at the time), and fought many other top fighters including Floyd Mayweather, Amir Khan, Danny Garcia and Miguel Cotto.
Opposing Judah will be New York's Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin (Shirley, NY). Born from a tough line of Jewish-Americans, Seldin won the Ringside Amateur World Championship in 2009. As a professional, Seldin created buzz throughout New York as a knockout artist packing the Paramount with his "Hamma Head" fans. He broke on to the national scene when he devoured Roberto Ortiz at the Nassau Coliseum in a featured HBO fight. One month later, Seldin became the first boxer alongside Hall of Fame world champions, Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. to fight in featured fights on back to back months on HBO. 83 percent of Seldin's wins have come via knockout.
In the co-feature, James "Buddy" McGirt Jr. (Vero Beach, FL) will look to tip his hat to his father, James McGirt Sr. who is being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame during the same weekend, when he takes on tough Frenchman David Papot (Saint-Nazaire, France). McGirt compiled an impressive amateur record of 44-4 winning the Sunshine State Games and the Southeastern Regional. As a professional McGirt has also found success and has faced some well-regarded fighters in his division, including, Carlos De Leon Jr., Edwin Rodriguez, and Raymond Joval. His opponent, undefeated Frenchman David Papot is taking the trip across the Atlantic Ocean with intentions of ruining the McGirt family weekend. Papot had 102 amateur bouts, 30 of which were with the French National team, earning French National Champion honors two times. In 2017 Papot became the French champion at 154 pounds, having since defended the title three times.
Last year, Turning Stone and the International Boxing Hall of Fame announced a multifaceted partnership to spotlight the entire region, garnering national attention and boosting Central New York tourism. The program includes a series of nationally-televised boxing events at Turning Stone, culminating every year in June with an elaborate and bigger-than-ever International Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend celebration.
Turning Stone will be announcing additional events for Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend shortly.