Guerrero vs. Aydin Preview
By: Tony Stewart
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero is moving north. July 28th The Ghost will pit his ring smarts and pugilistic mastery against two-fisted Turkish power puncher Sulcek ‘mini-Tyson’ Aydin. This will be Guerrero’s first foray into the welterweight division and he will be taking on the toughest kind of test a fighter can imagine. No, I’m not just talking about his opponent who sports a 73% KO average over the course of 24 fights against vaguely known opponents, many of which never saw the second round of a fight.
No, The Ghost will also be up against it in this contest when steps into the ring officially carrying 12 or more pounds into a fight championship fight, on top of facing presumably his most physically challenging opponent to date.
This won’t be a catch weight fight either; Robert Guerrero has decided it’s time to make a serious statement to be considered a legitimate prospect for the Floyd Mayweather short-list. Following Shane Mosley’s footsteps, The Ghost is leapfrogging one full weight class to land at the 147 pounders doorstep in what could be a really intriguing stylistic matchup against a pure slugger.
Sulcek Aydin, what we do know about him is, like his namesake he’s very strong, can put a man to sleep with either hand, which he’s done successfully in 17 of his 23 fights. However unlike Iron Mike, he hails from Turkey and not Catskills, New York. Aydin sports an impressive amateur pedigree and is an accomplished Eastern European star having won several European championships before turning professional.
His first trip to the states resulted in a split-decision win against a solid boxer Said Oali, and now he’s back again in a major step up in competition in facing The Ghost. Interestingly, while he’s dispatched 17 fighters by KO, of the six fighters that have gone the distance with him, 5 were southpaws, and Guerrero happens to be one of the best southpaws in the sport today and he’s faced and beaten the stiffer competition.
Ultimately this will be come down to the perfect contest of will and determination. Guerrero’s boxing and speed against Aydin’s haymaker punches behind a high guarded. Both men possess the qualities to nullify the other. Guerrero will have to get Aydin’s respect early and keep him turning because Aydin has shown that he gets stronger as the fight goes on. Aydin can’t wait to get in close to land winging punches from behind his guard. He has to work behind an effective jab and not expect to walk Guerrero down.
There is drama of this fight, boxer vs puncher, can make what some may consider an afterthought fight provide some of the best drama of the year. Can lightweight turned weltherweight Robert Guerrero continue his successful trek toward a possible Mayweather showdown or will mini-Tyson be his demise. My expectation is a win by Aydin but my heart hopes for a ghostly sighting of a newly charged and resurrected Robert Guerrero.
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