MEET THE FIGHTERS
Height / Reach: 5-7 (170cm) / 65 (165cm)
Hometown: Hamburg, Germany
Turned pro: 2006
Record: 23-0-0 (17 knockouts)
Trainer: Cody Mittermeier
The Ring rating: No. 10 welterweight
Biggest victories: Said Ouali, April 2009, SD 12; Jackson Osei Bonsu, July 2009, KO 9; Ionut (Jo Jo) Dan Ion, November 2011, UD 12 (rematch).
Selcuk “Mini-Tyson” Aydin (23-0, 17 KOs), the current holder of the WBC’s “Silver” welterweight title (which basically makes him the No. 1 contender for the real WBC title currently held by Floyd Mayweather), has had trouble finding a worthy opponent for three years. The rugged and aggressive Germany-based contender has gone on the record saying that he “would fight anyone. Victor Ortiz, Andre Berto, Floyd Mayweather, etc., but those fights couldn’t be made.” The Turkish fighter is relatively unknown to American boxing fans, but he is clearly known and feared by other big-name welterweights.
Aydin’s amateur career began as a bantamweight in 1999, when he won the European Under-17 title. He then moved to the lightweight division, where he took home the bronze medal at the 2002 European Amateur Championships and later the silver medal at the 2004 European Amateur Championships in Pula, Croatia. The gold medal winner who defeated Aydin in Pula, Dimitar Stilianov, is the same fighter that knocked Aydin out of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens when Aydin was representing his native Turkey. He then bounced back at the 2005 Mediterranean and 2006 EU Amateur Championships, as he won silver medals in both tournaments. His amateur career ended after he lost his temper and hit a referee, which would have resulted in a two-year suspension had he not turned pro.
Aydin’s professional career started out hot, as his first thirteen fights ended in a knockout. Combine this terrific punching power with his short temper and it isn’t hard to see how Aydin earned the nickname of “Mini-Tyson.” He first won the WBC International welterweight title on April 26, 2008 against Lucky Lewele. He has since defended this title on four occasions, including against Said Ouali in his only previous fight on American soil.
Aydin then defeated Jo Jo Dan on June 5, 2010 in a split decision to win the vacant WBC Silver welterweight title. Aydin then defended his title in a re-match with Dan on November 26, 2011 with a unanimous decision. His title defense against Dan was his most recent fight, and he has been training in Germany for the bout against Guerrero. He is hoping that beating Guerrero will bring some credibility to his name among American fans, as well as a shot at a more famous welterweight opponent in the future.