Bruce Seldon

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Name: Bruce Seldon
Alias: The Atlantic City Express
Birth Name: Bruce Samuel Seldon
Born: 1967-01-30
Birthplace: Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Hometown: Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6′ 1½″   /   187cm
Reach: 78″   /   198cm
Boxing Record: click

Preceded by:
George Foreman
WBA Heavyweight Champion
8 Apr 1995–7 Sep 1996
Succeeded by:
Mike Tyson

Bruce Seldon (born January 30, 1967) was the World Boxing Association Heavyweight champion from 1995 to 1996. It was after a boxing match between Seldon and Mike Tyson that Tupac Shakur was murdered in a drive-by shooting. Seldon lost his WBA Heavyweight Championship when he was stopped in the first round by Tyson.

Bruce turned pro after compiling an amateur record of 20-4 and winning the New Jersey Golden Gloves Super Heavyweight Championship. He 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 notables: Ezra Sellers (future world cruiserweight title challenger), Ossie Ocassio (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 world heavyweight champion Oliver McCall handed Bruce his first defeat. Seldon was clearly ahead on the scorecards entering the ninth round when he was unable to continue due to insufficient conditioning. The bout was stopped via the three knockdown rule when a visibly fatigued Seldon went down for the third time. In his next start Bruce was defeated by future undisputed World Heavyweight Champion Riddick Bowe.

Bruce went 13-1 over the next nearly four years, a streak which included a decision loss to former World Champion Tony Tubbs and a TKO victory over former World Champion Greg Page. On April 8, 1995 Bruce faced former World Champion Tony "TNT" Tucker for the vacant WBA Heavyweight Title. George Foreman was stripped of the title for fighting Axel Schulz instead of the organizations top conteder, Tucker. Seldon was the WBA's second ranked heavyweight contender at the time. Bruce stopped Tucker at the end of round seven to claim the vacant title. It was the first stoppage loss of Tucker's career (his two previous losses were decisions to Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis). In the lone successful defense his title Bruce stopped number 4 ranked contender Joe Hipp in the tenth round. Thirteen months after the Hipp bout Seldon lost his title to Tyson at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Bruce retired for 7 1/2 years before returning to the ring on March 6, 2004 when he registered a thrid round knockout over Otis Tisdale and one month later he dispatched Lenzie Morgan in two rounds. The third bout of his comeback was May 15, 2004 versus undefeated prospect Gerald Nobles. Bruce knocked Nobles down in round two and was up on the official scorecards after 8 rounds. Early in round 9 Bruce was thumbed in the eye and was unable to continue. Nobles was awarded a 9th round TKO victory. In his most recent fight on October 28, 2005, Seldon was stopped in the second round by Tye Fields.