By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Stephanie Trappfirstname.lastname@example.org
Former three-division world champion Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs) moved up two weight divisions to claim the vacant WBC interim welterweight title by unanimous decision against previously unbeaten Selcuk ‘Mini Tyson’ Aydin (23-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the a HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Guerrero was much faster and busier than Aydin, but didn’t seem to have the pop he had in the lower weight divisions. Aydin, who was stronger and landed the harder shots, came on in the later rounds but it was too little, too late as the hometown favorite prevailed by scores of 117-111, 116-112, 116-112.
Undefeated welterweight prospect Shawn ‘Showtime’ Porter (20-0, 14 KOs) won a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Alfonso Gomez (23-6-2, 12 KOs). It was a very rough and dirty fight where both fighters landed big punches. Porter suffered a big cut over the left eye in round nine, but did enough to win by scores of 96-94, 97-93, 98-92.
In a bout that resembled a sparring session, unbeaten junior middleweight Hugo “The Boss” Centeno (15-0, 8 KOs) got in eight rounds of work against Ayi Bruce (14-8, 8 KOs). Scores were 80-72, 80-72, 79-73.
British super middleweight star George Groves (15-0, 12 KOs) overcame a bad cut to score a sixth round TKO over Francisco Sierra (24-6-1, 22 KOs). The bout was waved off at 2:15 after Groves dropped Sierra and battered him with his follow up barrage.
Paul Mendez, (8-2-1, 2 KOs), scored a unanimous decision victory over Leshon Sims, (5-11, 3 KOs), in a six-round super middleweight contest. All three judges scored the bout 59-55 for Mendez. Mendez looked to be on his way to a dominant win or stoppage early but Sims, to his credit, stood his ground and fought on even terms with Mendez over the last two rounds.
Debuting heavyweight Gerald Washington, (1-0, 1 KO), overwhelmed winless Blue DeLong, (0-4), knocking down DeLong several times (though only one official knockdown) en route to a first round TKO. Time was 2:36.