MEET THE FIGHTERS
Height / Reach: 5-8 (173cm) / 70 (178cm)
Hometown: Gilroy, Calif.
Nickname: The Ghost
Turned pro: 2001
Record: 29-1-1 (18 knockouts)
Trainer: Ruben Guerrero
The Ring rating: Unrated (due to inactivity)
Titles: IBF featherweight (2006; 2007-2008); IBF junior lightweight (2009-2010)
Biggest victories: Enrique Sanchez, June 2004, TKO 8; Eric Aiken, September 2006, RTD 8 (wins title); Spend Abazi, February 2007, TKO 9 (wins title); Martin Honorio, November 2007, TKO 1; Jason Litzau, January 2009, KO 8; Malcolm Klassen, August 2009, UD 12; Joel Casamayor, July 2010, UD 10; Vicente Escobedo, November 2010, UD 10; Michael Katsidis, April 2011, UD 12.
Losses: Gamaliel Diaz, December 2005, SD 12.
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs), a former two-time featherweight titleholder and junior lightweight beltholder, will face off against THE RING’s No. 10-rated welterweight, Selcuk Aydin (23-0, 17 KOs), in his first bout over 140 pounds.
Guerrero is taking on a risky fight by agreeing to face Aydin, as high profile fighters such as Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz have shown no interest in fighting the Turkish boxer, despite his mandatory challenger status within the WBC’s welterweight rankings. Guerrero is also moving up in weight from the lightweight division; he has never before fought at welterweight.
Guerrero turned professional at the age of 18 in 2001 after an impressive amateur career that began at a very young age. He won the WBC NABF Featherweight title against Cesar Figueroa in December of 2004, and successfully defended his title twice. Guerrero’s first and only official loss came against Gamaliel Diaz in December of 2005, when he lost his title in a split decision in a bout televised by ShoBox. Showtime later televised the re-match between Diaz and Guerrero, which ended when Diaz was knocked out early in the sixth round.
Avenging his loss against Diaz put Guerrero in a position to fight IBF champion Eric Aiken on September 2, 2006. It was in this fight that Guerrero won his first world championship, as Aiken quit on his stool after eight rounds. Guerrero temporarily lost the built against Orlando Salido in Las Vegas in his next fight, but Salido was stripped of his title after testing positive for steroids. The IBF set up a fight between Spend Abazi for the vacant featherweight title, and Guerrero re-claimed the title with a ninth-round technical knockout of his opponent.
In 2008, Guerrero moved up to the super featherweight division. He challenged Malcolm Klassen for the IBF super featherweight (130-pound) title on August 22, 2009. Guerrero won the fight with a unanimous decision but had to vacate the title in order to care for his wife, who was diagnosed with leukemia.
Guerrero then moved up to the lightweight division in 2010 in order to fight Robert Arrieta, who stopped in eight rounds. In 2011, Guerrero defeated former title challenger and rugged contender Michael Katsidis via impressive 12-round unanimous decision which earned him the interim WBA and WBO lightweight titles. A torn tendon in Guerrero’s rotator cuff forced him to get surgery and cancel a fight against Marcos Maidana for the WBA junior welterweight title that was scheduled for August 2011. Guerrero has now fully recovered from his surgery, and his fight against Aydin will be his first bout since facing Katsidis in April of 2011.