By: Marc Livitz: Robert Guerrero took a chance tonight. He hadn’t fought in well over a year and most notably was the fact that he had jumped up two weight divisions (from lightweight to welterweight). He was recovering from a dangerous shoulder injury. His opponent this evening was Turkish hard man Selcuk Aydin. The fans at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California were treated to a great night. The fight began as a contest fought within close quarters. Guerrero looked for the steady jab in order to set up combinations, while the undefeated Aydin patiently walked forward and sometimes followed Guerrero around the ring. He was looking to land the one solid shot.
Robert was warned early on in the second for low blows by referee Dan Stell. Guerrero continued to press the action, yet he often felt the sting of Aydin’s right hand whenever he dropped his left hand after a quick jab. The next two rounds somewhat followed the same pattern. At this point, it was anyone’s guess if Guerrero had indeed bitten off more than he could possibly chew as a fighter in the star studded welterweight division. He was facing a raw, at times undisciplined tough boxer who would not let up at any time.
Guerrero (30(18)-1-1) tried to keep his distance, but Aydin kept moving forward. A hard right hook got Robert "The Ghost"’s attention inside the first thirty seconds of the fourth. Guerrero answered with an uppercut. Selcuk was for the most part relying on his powerful right hand. By contrast, Guerrero was able to use both gloves. However, he seemed unable to resist the urge to throw away his height as well as reach advantage that he held over his European opponent as he sought to keep the action close in.