By Malte Müller-Michaelis
Turkish welterweight contender and former WBC Silver champion Selcuk Aydin reenters the big stage in the USA tonight against Mexican tough-guy Jesus Soto Karass in the co-feature of the WBC light welterweight championship between Lucas Mathyssee and Mike Dallas Jr. at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas. It will be Aydin’s second appearance on Showtime in a row. In his last fight in July 2012 the hard-hitting Turk lost by unanimous decision to Robert Guerrero but made “The Ghost” work hard for his money. “I will be a lot better than I was against Guerrero”, says Aydin. “I was unexperienced back then. I didn’t reach the top of my game. I feel stronger and more explosive now.”
After losing to Guerrero Aydin changed his coach. He is working with David Haye’s trainer and manager Adam Booth now and prepared for the fight against Soto Karass at the Hayemaker gym in London. “Adam Booth is an excellent trainer. It feels good to have him in my corner,” states Aydin.
Promoter Ahmet Oner is convinced that the 29-year old “Thunderstorm from the Black Sea” will come back from his sole career loss with an impressive performance. “Selcuk knows that there’s a lot at stake tonight”, says Oner. “He is very focused and he wants to show the world the real Selcuk Aydin. You can tell how serious and how professional he is. I also give him props for improving his English. He needed no help at all at the press conferences and fighter meetings. I am sure that we will all see a lot more of him.”
Asked for future opponents, Aydin said that he would love to get another shot at Guerrero. “He showed a lot of heart in our first fight”, says Adin. “Guerrero is a great champion. And I’m sure that he will give me a re-match because he knows that I came to his home town when I didn’t have to. Although I wasn’t as good as I could have been I still gave him a lot to think about. He knows how strong I am and he knows that I deserve another shot. Of course, he is looking for Mayweather now and wants the big fights. Every real fighter wants the biggest possible fight. But if that fight isn’t happening, I’m ready to go. But for the moment I only think about Soto Karass. First things first. I have to do my job in the ring tonight. Then we will see what’s next.”