RING No. 2-rated lightweight Robert Guerrero, a five-belt winner over the course of three divisions, will face Germany’s unbeaten Selcuk Aydin in Guerrero’s welterweight debut on July 28 on Showtime from the HP Pavillion in San Jose, Calif.
Aydin (23-0, 17 knockouts) holds the WBC’s silver belt, and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told RingTV.com that Aydin-Guerrero could be for the WBC’s interim title.
A two-time IBF featherweight and one-time IBF junior lightweight beltholder, Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs) has won 13 consecutive fights with nine stoppages during that run.
Guerrero is coming off a uanimous decision victory over Michael Katsidis for the WBO and WBA’s interim lightweight belts in April.
In September, Guerrero had arthroscopic surgery which repaired a torn tendon in the rotator cuff of his shoulder. The injury forced him to cancel an Aug. 27 clash with junior welterweight Marcos Maidana.
VICTOR ORTIZ-ANDRE BERTO II ON JUNE 23
Berto (28-1, 22 KOs) is undergoing rehabilitation of a ruptured left biceps that was suffered during a sparring session on Jan. 30, forcing the postponement of his schedued Feb. 11 return bout with Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs).
The first fight with Ortiz, last April, featured two knockdowns by each fighter before Berto lost his WBC belt by a unanimous decision.
Ortiz was subsequently dethroned after a fourth-round knockout loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September, the same month during which Berto rebounded by beating IBF welterweight titleholder Jan Zaveck by fifth-round knockout.
Berto gave up the IBF belt to face Ortiz in a non-title fight.
Schaefer said that the Ortiz-Berto II undercard will feature a bout between hard-hitting Argentinian junior welterweight Lucas Matthysse (30-2, 28 KOs) and ex-titleholder Humberto Soto (57-7-2, 34 KOs).
Soto is riding a 14-bout winning streak that includes six knockouts, and Matthysse is after his third straight stoppage victory.
“We’re going to have Humberto Soto and Lucas Matthysse on the undercard of Berto-Ortiz,” said Schaefer. “That will be at either the Staples Center or the MGM Grand, but we do know that the date is on June 23.”
SOUTHPAWS GARY RUSSELL, ERISLANDY LARA RETURN IN APRIL
Junior middleweight contender Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KOs) and featherweight prospect Gary Russell Jr. (19-0, 11 KOs), a pair of left-handers, will return to the ring on either April 7 or April 14, Schaefer said.
“Showtime did commit to those two guys, Lara and Hearns, and with Gary Russell. Those two fights,” said Schaefer. “We’re currently working to see if they will go on April 7 or April 14. I just know that they’re going to go on one of those two dates.”
Russell is coming off a first-round knockout of Mexican Heriberto Ruiz in November and will meet an opponent to be determined.
“If it is on the April 7, it will be in Washington, D.C. I’m still working on that,” said Schaefer, referring to an area near Russell’s hometown of Capitol Heights, Md. “If it’s on April 14, I am not quite sure where it will be. But we are working this out as we speak.”
Lara’s manager, Luis Decubas Jr., said Lara is ready to get back in action.
“The kid is in training, I mean, he’s ready to go if the fight is tomorrow,” said Decubas. “If the fight is on April 7 or April 14, whichever date Golden Boy delivers on, he’ll be ready for that date.”
GOLDEN BOY TO RETURN TO THE NATION’S CAPITOL
Schaefer said that Golden Boy Promotions plans to take another fight to the Washington Convention Center, where Lamont Peterson took Amir Khan‘s IBF and WBA junior welterweight belts in an action-packed fight that ended with a split-decision for Peterson in front of his hometown fans.
“On June 30, I’m going to go from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.,” said Schaefer. “I’m working on it, but I just know that we’re going to go from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.”
Peterson-Khan was swiftly overshadowed by the controversy brought on by Khan and Golden Boy filing appeals citing a poorly officiated bout and scorecard descrepancies.
Khan dropped his appeal the day before the IBF scheduled hearing, though, and Peterson has since elected to face Khan in a rematch on May 19.
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