ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (July 22, 2009)-This Friday night, former WBA Heavyweight champion of the world Bruce “The Atlantic City Express” Seldon will take on former two-time world-title challenger Fres Oquendo ,in Chicago, and Seldon just wrapped up what he calls the most complete camp he has ever had.
Seldon has been training relentlessly for a fight that he is touting as “My heavyweight championship fight.”
“This fight means everything to me”, said Seldon.
“This is a tremendous opportunity, to fight for the NABA title, and this win will get me ranked by the WBA. A victory will put me right in the thick of things in the heavyweight division. This is the first step for me to get the title back.”
“I’ve been through alot. I have faced adversity, I have kept on working, hoping, for one more opportunity. I realize I am running out of chances, I have worked as hard as possible, pushed myself to the limits, day and night, for this fight and everyone will see the results of my work on Friday night. Fres is a highly respected and formidable opponent, he has been in with top guys and performed very well, but I am up for the challenge. The calendar may say I am 42 years old but I feel like I am 30 again. Friday night cannot get here soon enough.”
Seldon, 40-7 with thirty-six big knockouts, is 5-1 in his last six bouts with all of his wins coming by stoppage. He is co-managed by Jim Kurtz and Joe Thompson. Kurtz has seen the same things out of the former WBA champ in the gym.
“Bruce is incredibly focused. I haven’t seen the fire in him like this in such a long time, if ever. It’s remarkable for a man at Bruce’s age (forty-two) to be able to be competitive at this level and he really seems to have found the fountain of youth. There may be alot of 40+ heavyweights still actively fighting, but there is one thing different about Bruce. He took almost eight years off after he lost his title. That is eight years that his body and mind weren’t subjected to the daily rigors of the sport. Bruce is 100% mentally and physically ready for this challenge and we fully expect Bruce to be victorious on Friday evening” said Kurtz.
Oquendo of Chicago has a record 30-5 with nineteen knockouts will be getting into the ring just four weeks after taking out Mark Brown in three rounds in the same UIC Pavilion ring.
The Oquendo/Seldon scheduled ten round bout for the NABA Heavyweight Title headlines “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 4”, an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productiions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING.
Advance tickets for “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 4”, starting at $31, can be purchased through the 8 Count Productions office at 312-226-5800 and through Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine , just one block south of the Eisenhower Expressway. For further information, please visit their website at www.uicpavilion.com