Guerrero/Aydin Ready to Battle for Interim WBC Title

By Michael Cook: After a 15 month layoff, the former two-time featherweight champion and former WBA/WBO interim lightweight champion, Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (29-1-1 18 KO's) will return to the ring Saturday night to fight undefeated Selcuk Aydin (23-0 17 KO's) for the WBC interim welterweight belt. The fight airs on Showtime at 10 ET/PT live from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA, 30 miles from Guerrero's hometown of Gilroy, CA.

The 29 year old Guerrero looks to bounce back from a shoulder injury that has kept him sidelined since his dominate performance over Michael Katsidis last April at the MGM Grand. Guerrero suffered the shoulder injury while training for a fight with the hard hitting Argentinean, Marcos Maidana.

While shaking off the rust from months of inactivity, "The Ghost" will also have to deal with making the transition to the welterweight division. Guerrero will be making an admirable jump two weight classes from lightweight to welterweight. Guerrero was overwhelmed by Orlando Salido in November of 2006 but the loss was changed to a no contest due to Salido testing positive for steroids. Since then, Guerrero has gone 10-0 with 5 KOs. He looks to continue his winning streak against Turkish fighter Selcuk Aydin.

A native of Turkey, Aydin will be fighting for only the second time in the United States. Besides two controversial decisions over "Jo Jo Dan" in his native country, Aydin has yet to be tested, but it's Aydin who feels it's Guerrero who should be worried. "The first time I hit him, he will regret moving up in weight and accepting to fight me," Aydin said to ESPN. The winner will be the mandatory challenger for Floyd Mayweather's WBC welterweight title.

The undercard showcases welterweight prospect Shawn Porter (19-0 14 KOs) vs Alfonso Gomez (23-5-2 12 KO's) in a 10 round bout. After compiling almost 300 amateur fights with only 14 defeats, Porter turned pro in 2008 after he just missed qualifying for the United States Olympic Team. This will be Gomez' first fight since suffering a TKO loss at the hands of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez at the Staples Center last September.

Tickets are still available. Priced at $252, $127, $62 and $26. Tickets can be purchased at, by phone (800) 745-3000 or at the HP Pavilion box office.

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Article posted on 28.07.2012

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