WBC #2 welterweight “Mini-Tyson” Selcuk Aydin (19-0, 15 KOs) scores a ninth round KO over #3 “Sugar” Jackson Bonsu (30-3, 23 KOs) in a bout for the European championship as well as a WBC final eliminator for the right to face WBC welterweight world champion Andre Berto, on Saturday night at the Besiktas Cola Turka Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. Bonsu was down in round four after a liver shot and subsequent combination. Bonsu was down again in rounds six and nine before the bout was stopped in the ninth.
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“Both fighters showed great heart and absolute championship potential”, stated promoter Ahmet Öner. “Selcuk will need a little rest but then we will go directly after Berto. He has proved that he is one of the best and toughest welterweights in the world today.”
“I thank my promoter Ahmet Öner for giving me the chance to fight in Istanbul in front of my Turkish fans”, says Aydin. “It means a lot of me to present my abilities in my home country. I am very proud of my performance – especially under the eyes of honourable president Dr. Sulaiman whom I want to thank for coming all the way from Mexico and I hope that we will bring the world title fight to Turkey again so I can bring the big Green Belt to the Bosporus.”
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Longtime contender Gianluca Branco (43-2-1, 22 KOs) outpointed journeyman Janos Petrovics (16-27, 8 KOs) in a welterweight six-rounder. Branco has now won seven straight since coming up short in a world title bid against Miguel Cotto.