A boxer’s career is judged off titles won, their record and who they beat along the way. If the names on your resume are a bunch of unknown fighters, then you as a boxer will virtually remain an unknown. As Selcuk Aydin prepares for his July 28th showdown on Showtime against a 3 weight-class champion in Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (29-1-1 18KO’s), he’s hoping to make a splash in his first bout against a big name.
With 23 wins under his belt, 17 by KO and no defeats, Aydin has an impressive record. But up until now, he hasn’t been in the ring with a fighter of Guerrero’s skill level or the experience in big fights.
Don’t think for 1 minute that Aydin is a slouch. The WBC silver welterweight champion will be fighting Guerrero for the Interim WBC welterweight title. Not only does the winner get the title but is supposed to be the mandatory for Floyd Mayweather. Floyd most likely won’t take the fight and will go where the money is but it shows the importance of this matchup.
Aydin is an aggressive, always come forward fighter. The power is there, as the 17 knockouts shows. 13 of his first 16 fights were KO’s and 12 were within the first 3 rounds earning him the alias “Mini Tyson”. So action is what you can expect from him. His hand speed is pretty good and in the fights I’ve seen of his, he throws a lot of wild punches, meaning outside the framework; which against a technician can be his downfall but if he lands, WATCH OUT.
In my opinion his best opponent yet is Ionut “JoJo Dan” Ion (29-2 16KO’s). Dan’s only 2 losses were to Aydin, in Nov. 2011 and June 2010. Going into their Nov. 2011 bout Dan was ranked 5th by the WBC. Both were closely fought decision victories in which Aydin put Dan to the canvas in each fight. In the grand scheme of things, it benefited Aydin to fight Dan twice in his last four fights due to the fact he’s a southpaw like Guerrero. Even with being a rival of Aydin’s, JoJo is one of his sparring partners for this fight.
Aydin earned this title shot winning a WBC eliminator by knocking out Jackson Bonsu in July of 2009. Yes I know, what a while to wait for a title shot, but after being overlooked by Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz, he had to patiently wait his turn. In the Bonsu fight, Selcuk was dominant putting him down 4 times; once in both the 4th and 6th rounds and twice in the 9th and final round.
Selcuk gets Guerrero after being “Ghost” for the last 15 months, nursing a rotator cuff injury which forced him to back out of a fight with Marcos Maidana. Guerrero is jumping up 2 weight classes and as the naturally bigger man Aydin has to be licking his chops because as he’s done in previous fights, he likes to bully his opponent. The jump also gives Aydin an upper hand in having taken big punches at this weight before. The question is does “Mini Tyson” have the hand speed and footwork to catch up with the quicker man.
Winning this fight would really put the WBC #2 ranked fighter on the map. As mentioned before it puts him in line with Mayweather, which won’t happen, but realistically should get him a fight with the likes of Devon Alexander, Paulie Malignaggi, Kell Brook or even Andre Berto. So for Aydin a Guerrero win would really open up doors for him.
Taking a look back into Aydin’s amateur career, he was quite the decorated fighter. He is said to have a whopping 360 wins in 380 amateur fights. He won the European U17 title in 1999 and 2 years later the European junior title. In 2002, he won the bronze in the European Amateur Championships then earned silver in 2004. His European Union Amateur Championship run consists of gold in 03 and silver medals in 04 and 06. He made a short lived Olympic appearance in 04 and was eliminated in the 1st round. After a loss in the World Championships he had an altercation with a ref that caused him to get suspended. Instead of serving the full suspension, he turned pro in Nov. of 06 and scored a 1st round TKO over Marian Gabris in his debut.
The Turkish born Aydin will be fighting in the U.S.A. for just the 2nd time in his career. Winning in the states and making a name for yourself leads to big title shots and money. To make the home-ring advantage any worse for him, he’s also stepping into Guerrero’s backyard fighting at the HP Pavilion in California. Should he be victorious, he has a statement win against a fighter in his own backyard. That will only prove more of a stamp to his arrival to the boxing world.