By Robert Hough
Selcuk Aydin: “You speak like a politician. You need to spend more time training and strengthening your jaw because I’m going to break it.”
Robert Guerrero: “Selcuk has no idea what I’ve been through….There’s always a concern when you move up in weight, because of the power….I’m willing to do the crazy things, do what most fighters aren’t willing to do, like move up two weight classes.”
Selcuk “Mini Tyson” Aydin showed Thursday that he may at least have some his namesake’s darker inclinations. The Turkish boxer blew off a conference call to discuss his July 28 fight with Robert Guerrero, but he jumped in about 30 minutes into the conversation for a quick blast of ugliness.
Aydin (23-0, 17 KOs) had related that he would not participate in the discussion because was focused on training and felt disrespected by the American media’s lack of attention in the weeks before the fight at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The Turkish fighter who’s based in Germany ignored pleas from Ahmet Oner, his promoter that the call was the perfect opportunity to get the exposure he wanted.
“You speak like a politician,” Aydin, who turns 29 a week after the fight for the vacant WBC interim welterweight championship, finally said through an interpreter. “You need to spend more time training and strengthening your jaw because I’m going to break it.”
Guerrero, who last fought in April 2011 in a dominant victory over Michael Katsidis and withdrew from an August 2011 fight with Marcos Maidana due to a left rotator-cuff injury, laughed off the threat.
“He better be ready,” said the 29-year-old resident of Gilroy, Calif., about 30 miles southeast of San Jose, who’s moving up two weight classes for the welterweight match-up. “I am.”
Guerrero, who had surgery in August to repair his shoulder, said the post-surgery transformation was phenomenal.
“My whole career, my other muscle were compensating for the rotator cuff,” he said. “After the surgery I worked on all my muscles working together and I feel 10 times stronger. I have a lot more pop in my left and I can do things never done before. I’ve got everything working together.”