Robert Guerrero crashes the Welterweight division against undefeated power puncher Selcuk Aydin on Showtime Championship Boxing.
Pre-Fight Analysis by Christopher Morgan
SAN JOSE, CA, July 27, 2012 – In a fight with huge stakes not only for both men, but for the health of boxing and its deepest division, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, the native son of the South Bay Area is taking a massive leap up in weight if not so much in class when he takes on undefeated slugger Selcuk Aydin of Turkey.
Robert Guerrero of Gilroy, California — about 30 miles south of San Jose — has had his share of outside the ring troubles that have caused a couple of lengthy layoffs over the past 6 years, the most serious involving his wife’s near fatal bout with Cancer. Guerrero of “The Ghost” as he is referred to by most fans, is now making yet another comeback, this time from a rotator cuff injury that has kept him sidelined for the past 16 months, and if we know anything about Guerrero bouncing back, he usually handles it with aplomb. Guerrero’s last three contests have been against the respectable trio of Joel Casamayor, Vincente Excobedo and Michael Katsidis, the three of which carried a combined record of 86-9-1, with all bouts at or near the Lightweight limit of 135 pounds.
For this fight, in a practice that is becoming more and more prevalent since Manny Pacquiao made the amazing jump up from 126 to 154, Guerrero will move up two weight divisions to the current glamour division of boxing the welterweight class, where fighters like Floyd Mayweather, Victor Ortiz, Andre Berto, Amir Khan, Danny Garcia, Lucas Matthysse, Tim Bradley and Marcos Maidana call home. A big win here puts Guerrero in line for one of his biggest purses against one of the top men in the division, possibly Mayweather himself, who will be looking for a post jail opponent and with most of the big players having issues with PED’s or recent bad defeats, need restructuring.
In the other corner we have a man, who, if attitude, bad intentions and looks alone could win fights, would score a 10 second kayo victory. Selcuk Aydin, a German based Turk with an undefeated record of 23 – 0 (17) is taking this fight very seriously. Aydin set up camp in San Jose 2 months before fight night as to completely acclimatize to the new time zone and environment, he is very hungry, very determined, and from recent photos, very angry. Aydin feels overlooked by the American media and has something to prove to himself and the world come Saturday night. With the recent influx of very good NBA players from Turkey, we may have another Turk star on our hands with Aydin as boxing and wrestling are highly important sports to the Turk’s and they bring a lot of passion into sport.
The main question marks surrounding Aydin are the quality of his opposition, all but one of his fights has taken place in either Turkey or Germany and only 3 his opponents of them have respectable records, the media here is overlooking him because he hasn’t given us any reason not too up to now. Some have compared Aydin to a bigger Michael Katsidis, if this statement is true, then the superior skills of Guerrero should see him through to a comfortable decision. If on the other hand, Aydin is similar to Katsidis but hits that much harder, and has a hair more skill, this fight could get very interesting.
Guerrero with a good shoulder and a long rest, and with the added support of fighting in front of home town should have the push that he needs to see him come through with a decision with some possible rocky moments in between, remember, Joel Casamayor dropped him with a jab and Duad Yordan caused him to panic after cutting Guerrero over both eyes with head butts.
The televised undercard features a compelling matchup between Akron, Ohio’s Shawn Porter (19 – 0 (14 kos) against the always entertaining Alfonso Gomez of contender fame. This will be a good test for Shawn Porter as Alfonso usually only loses to top flight opposition, but it’s hard to gauge how much Alfonso has left in the tank after all of the hard fights.
In another compelling undercard bout, England’s Commonwealth Super Middleweight Champ George Groves (14 – 0 (11 kos) will see action against hard hitting Mexican veteran Francisco Sierra (25 – 5 (22 kos). If George can prove himself against this level of opponent he may be a major player in the future of the Super Middleweight division, he is hard hitting, has a good chin and mixes well to the head and body. This could potentially be a great match with two hard hitting guys going for broke.