Robert Guerrero returns to face Selcuk Aydin

July 26, 2012 No Comments

Gilroy, CA’s hometown hero Robert Guerreo back at his full time job of being a world champion.

A 15-month layoff and a jump up from lightweight to welterweight for Robert Guerrero combine to give his title fight with Selcuk Aydin intriguing story lines, so says Al Bernstein, who will be calling the action on Saturday night, July 28 on the Showtime Championship Boxing Series.

Bernstein, the newly inducted member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, said the 29 year-old Guerrero is the more skilled of the two fighters, and added, “The jump up in weight and injury induced layoff could make Guerrero vulnerable. Aydin is a powerful puncher and very aggressive.”

In between workouts, the unbeaten 28-year-old native of Trabzon, Turkey, Selcuk Aydin, poses for a photo for his upcoming fight against Robert Guerrero on Saturday, July 28, 2012.

Aydin is undefeated with 17 knockouts in 23 fights. Though technically unbeaten, the 28-year-old native of Trabzon, Turkey, has two highly disputed wins over Ionut Dan Ion, “Jo Jo Dan”, both of which took place in his home country, one in his hometown. Some believe Dan won both. As they say, “Whatever!” Aydin did knock Jo Jo Dan off his feet three times and in their rematch break his jaw. Amongst his other wins, he has victories over Said Ouali and Jackson Bonsu.

Guerrero, a champion at featherweight and junior lightweight, and fighting in the sixth weight division of his 11-year pro career, will be fighting for the first time since defeating Michael Katsidis on April, 2011. He was set to face Marcos Maidana at 140 in August, but injured his shoulder and had to bow out.

Guerrero’s first world title came in September 2006, when he stopped Eric Aiken after eight rounds of domination to lift the IBF belt. Looking to be a sound choice for a long-term stint at the top, Guerrero promptly lost his next fight to Orlando Salido, and was somewhat overwhelmed by the veteran. That result was overturned when Salido failed a post-fight drug test, a situation reminiscent of the Marvin Valero versus Antonio De Marco clash.

With the same title vacant, Guerrero defeated Spend Abazi to regain the belt, and had another good run before a fight in March 2009, when he quit due to a cut in the second round against Daud Yordan. It was a decision that was met with skepticism since Guerrero didn’t give his corner a chance to work on the cut, which to be fair, looked pretty bad.

Later that year, Guerrero won the IBF super featherweight title with a solid showing against Malcolm Klassen. In 2010, he went 3-0 with wins over Roberto David Arrieta, Joel Casamayor and Vicente Escobedo. As mentioned his last fight was in April 2011 when he beat Katsidis and he hasn’t fought since.


The Guerrero’s other fight:

What has unfortunately dominated much of Guerrero’s last five years has been his wife battle with cancer. Diagnosed with leukemia in 2007, the cancer eventually spread to her brain. An angelic marrow donor saved her life, as documented in this brief Showtime video. Now that his wife’s health and his injuries have cleared up, Guerrero is back to work.

Boxer Robert Guerrero and wife battle against cancer

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