Chasing a “Money” fight with Floyd Mayweather, former lightweight Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs) jumped up two weight classes to claim the vacant WBC interim welterweight title, defeating previously unbeaten Selcuk Aydin (23-1, 17 KOs) in front of 6000 fans at the HP Pavilion in San Jose Ca.
Aydin put up a great effort but was outworked over most of the fight. Guerrero out-boxed and simply out-worked Aydin in the first half but the 15 month layoff and some body work slowed the Gilroy fighter in the later rounds. Aydin was able to hurt Guerrero with late body work but going into the “championship rounds” it look like he needed a knockout. Both fighters would come out swinging in the twelfth and it was Aydin with the bigger shots but in the end, Guerrero’s early dominance would get him the victory with scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112.
“Selcuk Aydin was a tough fighter, as you can see we went to war” said Guerrero “I could’ve boxed a little more like (my corner) wanted me to but I got hot-headed and wanted to bang around with him”
Undefeated welterweight Shawn Porter (20-0, 14 KOs) won a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Alfonso Gomez (23-6-2, 12 KOs) in the co-feature. Gomez was able to land his right hand fairly easy but was unable to keep up with Porters output. Porter suffered a bad cut over the left eye in round nine but went on to earn scores of 96-94, 97-93 and 98-92.