Break my jaw? ‘He better be ready’ says Guerrero
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (July 23, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Tom Hogan, Hoganphotos / Goden Boy Promotions)
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Roberto Guerreo - 1st pitch at Oakland As Game
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing. - Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (29-1, 18 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time in 20 months to face unbeaten Selcuk Aydin (23-0, 17 KOs) July 28 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. for the vacant WBC interim welterweight championship.

Guerrero, 29, has seen his career stalled by injuries and personal issues. Last September, Guerrero had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn tendon in the rotator cuff of his left shoulder. The injury forced the cancellation of his highly anticipated bout with Marcos Maidana. In 2010, Guerrero pulled out of a scheduled bout with Michael Katsidis to be with his ailing wife Casey during her recovery from a bone marrow transplant. She has since made a complete recovery.

Turkish-born Aydin, 28, nicknamed “The Mini Tyson” enjoyed a successful amateur career - punctuated by medals in 2003 and 2004 European, and World University Boxing Championships. In 2005, Aydin struck a referee prompting an immediate suspension from amateur boxing. He turned professional and quickly scored four straight knockout victories.

Aydin kayoed Dzmitry Lubachkin and Raman Dzekhkanau before capturing the WBC silver welterweight title in 2011 by defeating Ionut Dan Ion in Trabzon, Turkey.  

Aydin will be giving up at least five inches in reach to Guerrero. His arms  may be short, but they pack some dynamite. He can also be wild, which bodes well for the more polished Guerrero. Aydin’s lone fight in the United States was in 2009.

Guerrero is a skillful southpaw. His right jab is sharp and cutting. The Gilroy, Ca. native is coming off a unanimous decision over Katsidis last April. The victory gave Guerrero the WBO and WBA’s interim lightweight titles. “The Ghost” is also a former two-time featherweight champion.

His fight against Aydin will be his debut in the welterweight (147 pound) division. When last seen in the ring, Guerrero weighted 134 pounds. Many are wondering if the move-up in weight will sap Guerrero of his power. His record shows 18 knockouts, but none since 2010. His last definitive knockout victory was over Edel Ruiz in 2009. He weighed in at 129 pounds for that encounter..

The volatile Aydin apparently felt disrespected by the media’s lack of attention. He initially ignored a recent press conference only to appear 30 minutes into the event to fire a major salvo at Guerrero.

“You speak like a politician,” said Aydin through an interpreter. “You need to spend more time training and strengthening your jaw because I’m going to break it.”

Guerrero quickly fired back, "For Aydin to say that I'm talking like a politician and he's going to break my jaw? He had better be ready, because he doesn't know what I've been through," Guerrero responded.

Without question, Guerrero is the more skilled fighter. Fighting near his home turf is also an advantage. But, after jumping up two weight divisions, will he have the strength to withstand the hard-charging Aydin? If he can control the action - a win by decision seems likely.

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