By Jake Donovan
Unbeaten welterweight Selcuk Aydin is well ahead of schedule in regards to making weight for his July 28 showdown with Robert Guerrero. A 30-day mandatory weigh-in check revealed his weight to be at 156 ½ lb for his upcoming 12-round bout, which takes place live on HBO from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
The maximum allowed weight for the 30-day check is 10% over the 147 lb. limit, or 161.7 lb.
"We started training camp early and I feel very strong already,” Aydin (23-0, 17KO) insists. “I know I’ll be in the best possible shape when I step into the ring on July 28th.”
The bout marks just the second trip to the United States for Aydin, whose last ring appearance was a rematch win over Ionut “Jo Jo” Dan Ion last November. Aydin won in a wide unanimous decision to help clear the air from their previous encounter in June ‘10, a controversial split decision which many felt should have went the other way.
The majority of Aydin’s career has taken place in Germany and his native Turkey. For this bout, the 28-year old will be required to travel to Guerrero’s backyard. That fact is not lost on Aydin, who has ramped it up in training camp.
"I have never seen Selcuk this focused and fired up for a fight", says head coach Conny Mittermeier. "You can feel the tension in every single move in training. I had to hold him back in sparring a little bit because otherwise he would have torn the other guy’s head off.”
The winner of the HBO headliner will earn mandatory status for the alphabet title currently in the possession of pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, Jr. It’s doubtful that the presently imprisoned box office superstar will look in the direction of either fighter, which could mean a vacant title at stake in the near future.
None of that at all matters to Aydin, who remains affixed on emerging victorious in the one fight presently in front of him.
"I don’t care about Mayweather because I am not thinking past July 28th", says Aydin. "I heard that Guerrero is already dreaming about his big pay-per-view-fight against Floyd. Well, let him dream as much as he wants – I will give him a reality check on July 28th.
Guerrero (29-1-1, 18KO) hasn’t lost in more than six years, but has still endured his share of setbacks along the way. Injuries have kept Guerrero out of the ring since April ’11, and he is also coming up two weight classes for this fight.
Nevertheless, Aydin is preparing himself for the best available version of his opponent, as he promises a career-best performance.
“This fight is all that matters to me. It’s my big chance to show the world what I got. I want to enter the big stage with a bang – and Guerrero will feel that because he will be at the wrong end of it!"
Aydin will be relocating to California early next week for the final stages of a training camp that began back in May.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox