By Phil D. Jay
Three-weight champion Robert Guerrero is hoping to position himself as the next fighter to challenge Floyd Mayweather with a victory over Selcuk Aydin in San Jose, California this summer.
The 29 year-old, who has lost just once in 33 contests on a contentious split decision, tackles the undefeated Turk on July 28th at the HP Pavillion and is aiming to win the interim version of Mayweather’s WBC welterweight title after more than a year out injured.
“I feel great about this fight going ahead and I am so happy to be back in action again. I don't really think about ring rust as it's all good,” Guerrero told World Boxing News.
“I haven't felt this good physically for a long time and can't wait to get back in there when it counts on July 28th.”
‘The Ghost’ has skipped the 140lb division to jump straight into the deep end at 147lbs and with a mega-fight with Mayweather at the forefront of his mind, had to face ‘Mini-Tyson’ who has been mandatory WBC challenger for almost three years.
“I have watched Aydin's videos. He's a tough guy and looks like a decent puncher. I understand how he must feel having to wait this long, but he's getting his shot now and it's my job to spoil it for him.”
Mayweather, 35, recently picked up the WBA light-middleweight belt from Miguel Cotto to add to his WBC title at 147lbs and is due to begin a stint in prison from June 1st. Upon his release, Guerrero is looking to be the interim champion and first in line should Floyd decide to stay at welterweight.
“Golden Boy have explained to us about the possibility of the winner fighting Floyd. Everyone is waiting for his decision on which title he will keep, welterweight or ligh-middleweight,” said Guerrero.
“We know ‘Money’ is in a good position and I'm sure he'll make his choice of 147 or 154 based upon who he wants to fight next. I trust my management and promoters Golden Boy to do what's right for my career. It's up to me to win so I can take that next step,” he added.
Aydin, 28, has been patiently awaiting his moment following a WBC eliminator victory over Jackson Bonsu in July 2009 and has been continually overlooked by the likes of former belt holders Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz.
Two victories over previously unbeaten Ionut Dan Ion, along with a first round KO victory over an 18-0 Dzmitry Lubachkin have kept the German-based fighter (23-0) busy and he now finally gets his chance to claim the world title after a long delay.
Phil D. Jay covers boxing for worldboxingnews.net