Tyler Pogline said when Cletus Seldin knocked him down in the first round Saturday in Huntington, N.Y., he had no problem getting up.
But it was the lack of pain, said Pogline, a 1998 Moffat County High School graduate, that was a key indicator of how hard Seldin hit him.
“I really didn’t feel anything when I went down and I got right back up because I was in the heat of the moment,” he said. “But you know it is a hard hit when you don’t feel anything. I had never been hit that hard in my career.”
Despite getting back to his feet, Pogline took two more overhand right hooks to the same spot on his jaw.
He got up after the second one, but the third forced the referee to declare Seldin the winner by technical knockout at 2 minutes and 25 seconds into the first round.
“I didn’t do very good,” Pogline said Monday. “I didn’t have time to get my game plan set up and started, and when I got hit in the jaw the first time, my head wasn’t in it any more.”
Pogline said he was surprised by Seldin’s strength and the Long Island-based boxer was one of the toughest opponents he has faced.
Pogline’s biggest mistake, he said, was changing his mentality after the first knockdown.
“It wasn’t that hard to get back up for me because I will fight until the death if I have to,” he said. “But I lost control a little because I wanted to do the same thing to him that he did to me, but he saw an opening then.”
Instead of thinking about boxing, he said he started thinking about brawling.
“Boxing is really just putting every aspect together and being in control,” Pogline said. “I was embarrassed, really, that he did that to me because it doesn’t really happen, so I just wanted to fight him instead of box him, and that is something my trainers told me not to do.”
Seldin is 6-0 with four knockouts after finishing Pogline.
Pogline said he thinks he could have taken the fight into the later rounds had he done some things differently.
“He is a lot shorter than me and I think I have a problem fighting shorter guys because I don’t get on their level,” he said. “I kind of dropped my hands and walked right into his punch. I needed to focus on avoiding his right while moving around the ring.”
The loss dropped Pogline’s professional record to 5-10. It was the Craig native’s second knockout loss.
Still, despite a sore jaw, Pogline said if he were given another chance, he would step back in the ring with Seldin.
“New York was great and the people were really nice and they paid good,” he said. “They took good care of me. It wasn’t my best match, but I would do it again.”
At 31, Pogline said he’s getting on the older side of the average boxer’s career, but he feels he still has much to prove.
“I am older, but I do not want to go out like this,” he said. “I am probably in the best shape of my life and the gym and trainer I have, I will take this (Seldin) fight as a learning experience and move on.”
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