In front of a raucous hometown crowd of over 6,000 fans at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Robert Guerrero (30-1-1, 18 KOs) overcame an aggressive and powerful Selcuk Aydin (23-1, 17 KOs) to earn a tough unanimous decision win in his welterweight debut.
Fighting for an interim belt, Guerrero was coming off a 15-month layoff, after having injured his left shoulder while training last year for an August bout against Marcos Maidana – a fight that was ultimately canceled. After the animosity built-up in the lead-up to the fight, including a scuffle that broke out at their final weigh-in, Guerrero and Aydin had all the motivation they needed to bring the heat, and bring it they did.
Guerrero opened up the fight looking to establish his jab and create a distance between himself and the oncoming Aydin. The Turkish fighter attempted to impose his heavier frame and greater strength by getting in Guerrero’s chest and he found some success when banging to the body and when getting in with his right crosses. As the rounds progressed, Aydin continued to apply plenty of pressure as his power became more and more evident; pushing Guerrero back when he landed to the head. Still, Guerrero was able to maintain his focus and gameplan, even through some rough moments when the momentum appeared to be shifting towards Aydin.
Going into the later rounds, Guerrero’s movement and combination punching were seemingly putting him in control of the fight, but a late rush from Aydin tightened things up. Both men looked to close strong, feeling that the fight was on the line and went toe to toe for the final three minutes, with the fans erupting in anticipation of the final bell. When it was all said and done, it was Guerrero’s busier workrate that earned him the deserving decision with scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112.
“I can walk the walk and talk the talk; I’m back!” proclaimed Guerrero after the fight. “I’m very thankful for this team and my family and I just want to fight the best.”
“Aydin was very strong, I hit him with some good punches but he walked right through them,” explained Guerrero. He takes a really good punch.”
Asked whether or not he’d want to go back down in weight, Guerrero said he plans on staying at 147 and wants Floyd next. “Hey Floyd, you want your belt? Come get it!” said Guerrero during the post-fight press conference.
In the co-featured bout of the evening, Shawn Porter earned a clear-cut unanimous decision win over a hard-nosed Alfonso Gomez in one of the better fights of the evening.
Porter used his superior handspeed to give Gomez problems early; landing sharp combinations that were difficult to see. Gomez to his credit bit down, looking for counter opportunities that came on occasion, as he connected with left hooks and shots to the body.
Two accidental headbutts opened up a cut over the right eye of Porter and a nasty gash over his left, creating some opportunities for Gomez to land upstairs. Gomez had his moments late in the fight, connecting with hard combinations upstairs while digging the left hook downstairs, but Porter’s speed was simply too much to overcome. Porter continued ripping straight rights and hooks that slowly busted up Gomez’ face, who never stopped trying and forced Porter into a slugfest. Ultimately, Porter had done too much damage and took home a justified victory with scores of 96-94, 97-93 and 98-92.