On November 26th WBC Silver welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin and Canada based Romanian Ionut "Jo Jo Dan“ Ion square off in Trabzon (Turkey) in a rematch of their 2010 title fight. The show is labeled as "Unfinished Business". Aydin won the first bout by controversial split decision. Now Jo Jo Dan wants to avenge his only career loss while Aydin wants to prove that he can not only beat Dan decisively but that he can knockout the slick southpaw. He winner will be mandatory challenger for WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather jr. No. 1 rated Devon Alexander will also watch the fight closely after he had already called out Aydin to a possible fight in the USA in January or February.
"This is a very important fight for Selcuk", comments his coach Conny Mittermeier. "Probably the most important one of his career so far. He has to win clearly. Of course, a knockout win would be ideal but you cannot force the knockout. We have to make sure that Selcuk controls his temper and doesn’t get hectical in case Jo Jo Dan survives the first couple of rounds. Selcuk has to stay calm and focused. He is working very hard for this fight and I am sure that he will win it as long as he keeps his focus."
In the first bout Aydin had Ismael Salas in his corner. They had done the training camp in Miami. "I can’t really comment on that because I haven’t seen it but from what I heard the preparation for the first bout was far from perfect", says Mittermeier. "I heard that they sparred with orthodox guys although Jo Jo is a southpaw. These are mistakes you just cannot afford in our business. This time wes et up a great camp here in Stuttgart. Everything is going smoothly and according to plans."
Aydin is sparring with fromer European amateur champion Khavazhy Khatsyhau and former US Olympic team member Demetrius Andrade (15-0) who is still unbeaten as a pro and who helped Glen Johnson to prepare for Lucian Bute before coming to Aydin’s camp.
"Selcuk looks excellent in sparring", says Mittermeier. "He has so much power and he is also fast and moving well. If he stays as focused as he is right now he is a force to be reckoned with in the welterweight division. I know that 147 is the hottest division right now with megastars Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather jr and people like Devon Alexander, Victor Ortiz or Andre Berto right behind that. I would be interested to see if these guys can handle Selcuk’s power. He’s a fighting machine and I’m sure that he can knock out every possible oppinent out there. But first of all we only concentrate on our work for Jo Jo Dan."