“Let your hands go!” screamed a man standing in Navas’ corner.
And Navas did. The 20-year-old Honduras native sent an uppercut into Pagan’s chin during the first round and continued throwing punches until the bell rang. Blood flowed from Pagan’s nose and two rounds later, Navas, who has been boxing for three years, was getting his hand raised in a 5-0 decision victory.
“I knew I could outbox him,” said Navas, who moved to Long Island from Honduras three years ago. “I was analyzing during the first 20 seconds of the fight to see if he had a good jab. [Pagan’s] jab wasn’t good and neither was his footwork so that’s when I knew I could get him with my jab and some left hooks.”
Bloody noses continued to flow in the third fight of the night, as Cletus Seldin hit Louis Roma III with a right cross and shortly after a power jab that knocked the fighter back a few feet and caused the referee to give Roma a standing-eight count early in the first round. Roma regained himself, but Seldin’s fists kept coming and before the bell could ring, Dr. Ralph Bohm had stepped into the ring and asked Roma if he wanted to continue. Roma replied that he did not and Seldin, a fitness specialist major at Suffolk Community College in Long Island, recorded his second victory of the tournament, advancing to the third round on March 4 at Tottenville High School in Staten Island.
“I don’t want any decisions,” said Seldin, who defeated his previous opponent in the third round after forcing four standing-eight counts. “I want to knock all my opponents out in the first round.”
FEBRUARY 24 RESULTS
Richie Neves(Winters/Westbury) def. Dwayne Allen (Gleason’s) in 3 rounds
Xavier Victor Navas (Heavy Hitters) def. Louis Pagan (Church Street)
Cletus Seldin (Veteran’s Memorial) def. Louis Roma III (Suffolk PAL) Referee stopped contest 1st round
Richard Sherron (Core Boxing) def. Corey Yates (Winters/Westbury) Referee stopped contest in 3rd round
Moustapha Dioubate (John’s Gym) def. Lamont Mathis (Hempstead BC) in 3 rounds
William Moyet (Mendez) def. Pablo Rodriguez (Rudy’s Boxing) Referee stopped contest in 1st round
Josecito Pichardo (Cornerstone) def. Brian Tack (Trinity BC) in 3 rounds
Luis Castellanos (New South Bronx PAL) def. Jonathon Pabon (John’s Gym) Referee stopped contest in 2nd round
Neuky Santelises (Gleason’s) def. Edgar Lopez (Juan LaPorte) in 3 rounds
Louis Cruz (New South Bronx PAL) def. Robert Mosley (John’s Gym) in 3 rounds
P.C. Richard & Son Boxer of the Night - Richard Sherron (Core Boxing)