Robert Guerrero claims WBC welterweight title

By By Francis Walker BASN Boxing writer
Updated: July 31, 2012

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Guerrero brings it to Ayden

Guerrero brings it to Ayden

NEW YORK, NY (BASN)—Robert Guerrero (30-1-1, 19 KOs) did something very special the other night in his hometown. Robert Guerrero, following a 15-month absence after suffering from a shoulder injury, moved up two weight classes to defeat Selcuk Aydin (23-1, 17 KOs) to claim the interim WBC welterweight championship at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.

The judges scored the bout 117-11 and 116-112 (twice). It was perhaps the best performance of Guerrero’s career. Guerrero displayed a lot of different combinations. He boxed, he moved well, and even stood in front of Aydin unafraid of the Turks power. Guerrero’s right uppercut shocked and awed many in attendance and millions more watching at home on SHOWTIME.

“He’s a strong guy,” Guerrero said. “I want to take on the best and that’s why we challenged him. It’s my first fight back in a year and I took care of business.”

Shawn Porter brings it to Alfonso Gomez

Shawn Porter brings it to Alfonso Gomez

Robert Guerrero deserves a big fight. He deserves the opportunity to secure a big fight on a grand stage. It would be amazing to see whether Guerrero may finally get a fight with Floyd Mayweather, who returns from his prison stint this week. Guerrero deserves Floyd the same way Danny Garcia deserved to become the unified WBA/WBC junior welterweight champion after besting Amir Khan- They earned it!

Guerrero added: “I believe in my talents and my skills. I stood with him a little too long, but I’m a fighter. Now you know I can take a shot at the welterweight division. Floyd Mayweather, you want this belt, its right here. Come and get it. “

Robert Guerrero victorious

Robert Guerrero victorious

Robert Guerrero is an inspiring story. The height of Robert Guerrero’s legacy outside the ring will far surpass anything that he will ever accomplish inside the squared-circle.

The focal point of Guerrero’s career has been his ailing wife Casey. While Guerrero, winner of four world titles in four different weight classes, has been taking tough-fight after tough-fight, his wife has battled Cancer.

It has been difficult for Guerrero to endure the pain of being isolated in training camp while Casey suffered through chemotherapy treatments. Still, Guerrero has been supportive of his wife Casey through he difficult moments fighting cancer.

All of Guerrero’s frustrations and anger over his wife’s sickness, believe it or not, has made him a better fighter. Guerrero has focused his energy on training hard for each opponent through the years.

Guerrero has a pretty good resume. He has been showcased on a HBO, SHOWTIME, and on Pay-Per-View. People are aware of whom he is and role in helping Casey battle cancer.

Guerrero unloads a left

Guerrero unloads a left

Robert Guerrero, as evident against a hard-hitting Aydin, is a very talented boxer who can fight. Guerrero was sharp and much faster than Aydin. Aydin, recognized for his punching-power heading into the contest, was neutralized by Guerrero’s ability to box effective and consistently for twelve rounds.

I think I did wrong, not the judges,” Aydin said. “I could not do what I wanted to do. It’s my mistake, I blame it on me. After the fourth round something happened with me. I saw double and I don’t know why, but there’s no excuse – I lost.”

The most impressive thing is that Guerrero moved up two weight divisions to fight, arguably, a bigger puncher. Aydin has been trying to get a shot at the WBC title for more than two years. He has been passed up by Floyd Mayweather, Andre Berto, and Victor Ortiz – the previous three WBC 147-pound champions. Aydin was hungry and determined to KO Guerrero in order to become a world champion for the first time.

Aydin was simply not on Guerrero’s level as a fighter.

Guerrero is the feel good, happy-go-lucky-guy you wish to root for. his devotion to Casey during her toughest moments makes for a good Hollywood love story. There is something about Robert Guerrero that makes you want to see him do well. Guerrero has sacrificed a lot during in his career.

Hall of Fame boxing analyst Al Bernstein said it best.

“It was fairly remarkable that Guerrero was able to move up two weight classes after a long layoff and win a battle of attrition with a true welterweight,” Bernstein said. “Aydin is not a stylist and has technique issues, but he is a powerful puncher and he made this an exciting fight.”

Shawn Porter victorious

In the co-feature, undefeated welterweight Shawn Porter (20-0, 14 KOs) remained undefeated following an unanimous decision against Alfonso Gomez (23-6-2, 12 KOs). The judges scored the bout 96-94, 97-93, and 98-92.

The action was fast-paced, action-packed. Gomez started fading a bit in the middle rounds and that’s when Porter took over. Porter’s youth and athleticism overshadowed Gomez gritty, stand-up style. Porter was easy to hit, as he didn’t move his head much on the inside. Gomez had his chances, but Porter was simply younger with quicker, better hands.

“He has a lot of heart,” Porter said. “We came in here and we knew what to expect. I’m an aggressive fighter, my team knows that. If there’s anything I can change it’s that I come forward too much.: