On July 11th ARENA will bring boxing back to Turkey. Two of the world’s best welterweights will meet at the Besiktas Cola Turka Arena in Istanbul when Turkey’s “Mini-Tyson” Selcuk Aydin defends his WBC international championship against former European champion “Sugar” Jackson Osei Bonsu from Belgium. The winner of this highly anticipated bout between WBC #2 (Aydin) and #3 (Bonsu) will not only become the new EBU welterweight champion, but will also be very close to a title shot against unbeaten WBC king Andre Berto.
Selcuk Aydin has been a Turkish amateur standout winning 15 national champion titles and the European junior championships as well. Not only did Aydin win about 360 of his 380 amateur fights; he also proved his enormous punching power by scoring 300 stoppages. Since turning pro in November 2006, 25-year-old Aydin has made himself a name as “Mini-Tyson” scoring 14 KO victories in a perfect record of 18 fights and 18 wins.
In April 2008 the powerhouse from Trabzon (at the Black Sea) captured the WBC international championship by outclassing former titlist Lucky Lewele over 12 one sided rounds. Aydin has defended his title three times since. In his last outing “Mini-Tyson” impressed the US public by outworking strong and experienced Said Ouali in April 2009 in Primm, Nevada to take home a well-earned split decision victory.
“Sugar” Jackson Osei Bonsu is coming from an equally impressive mid-decision win over former world champion Carlos Manuel Baldomir in December 2008 in Antwerpen, Belgium. The 28-year-old native Ghanaian who lives and fights out of Belgium had won the EBU European championship in February 2007 by stopping Nordine Mouchi in the 8th. After four successful defences Bonsu lost the title by debatable unanimous decision in September 2008 in Poland to Rafal Jackiewicz. Now that Jackiewicz has relinquished the belt “Sugar” Jackson is looking to take back what he feels should have never taken away from him anyways.
“Being Selcuk’s promoter Aydin vs Bonsu is one of the most dangerous fights I could have made – as a boxing fan I cannot wait to see it”, states promoter Ahmet Öner. “For both men this is the big chance to get a world title shot. The winner will go all the way to the top. The loser has to start over and work his way up again. Both men are very powerful and aggressive. I am proud to bring such a great fight to Istanbul and I am sure that people will talk about this fight for a long time.”