WATCHING ROBERT GUERRERO BOX IS EMOTIONAL & TAXING!
TOUGH WATCHING FIGHTERS YOU HAVE KNOWN SINCE “THE CRIB”
San Francisco, CA- Having known Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero since he was a wee lad in the amateurs, without going into detail I’ve watched him go through the trials and tribulations that life presents, some of which would have felled Hercules-like men. That being said, Robert (29-1, 18 KOS) is not only still standing, he’s fighting at a world championship level. With a string-bean like build as a teenager, I used to wonder if Robert Guerrero could take as well as he gives. It turns out he can. Now close to 30, Robert takes on a most dangerous opponent this Saturday night in San Jose, CA when Showtime airs his battle against Selçuk Aydın for the vacant WBC 147 lb. title at the HP Pavilion.
HALL OF FAME MENTOR SAID DON’T “FALL IN LOVE” WITH FIGHTERS
The late Jack Fiske, a Hall of Fame writer, once told me to not get personally involved with boxers as it will not only distort your objectivity, should they do something negative outside of the ring that the results would cause emotional pain. Fiske, who passed in 2006, learned this when he found out that the late great Alexis Arguello was not always the gentleman that he was in the ring. That being said, I do fret when either Robert or Andre Ward, and to a much lesser degree Nonito Donaire, have a big fight on the horizon. While my heart used to pound when Donaire was in the ring, his attitude towards many people who supported him early on is not what it once was, thus the flame for Nonito has dimmed greatly!
NOT A RELAXING NIGHT WHEN “‘YOUR GUY” IS IN PERIL
When you get emotionally invested in a fighter going to see him fight can be stressful. That is certainly going to be the case when Robert faces off with Selçuk Aydın (23-0, 17 KOs) later this week. The Turkish fighter known as “Little Tyson” resembles Mike Tyson in his “peek a boo” stance and his squaring up his shoulders as he approaches a foe. A former European amateur champion, Selçuk won the under 19 European crown and the over 19 title as well. Having watched some of his fights on YouTube.com, I think his style is perfect for “The Ghost” that hails from the Garlic capital of the world, Gilroy, CA.
THIS FIGHT MIRRORS THE TYSON-DOUGLAS ENCOUNTER
When Mike Tyson was set to fight Buster Douglas in 1990, “Iron Mike” was a 37-1 favorite. Now while I have Robert a 11-5 favorite, “Little Tyson” is one of those fighters who will press the action and the taller Guerrero will need to penetrate his defense with long sharp punches and probably win a wide unanimous nod or stop the game face-first Turk in the latter rounds. What I’m trying to say is that Selçuk “Little Tyson” Aydın, like his namesake “Iron Mike,” is a tremendous puncher that will be reduced to “Aluminum” before the night is over.
“LITTLE TYSON” IS FULL OF CONFIDENCE
With 17 whacks in 23 wins, Selçuk Aydın is a tremendous puncher when he has an opponent willing to stand in front of him. Expect Guerrero to utilize most of the ring and slow “Little Tyson” down as he will stop and land hard shots on the Turk. But if you ask Team Aydın, Guerrero is nothing but “lunchmeat” for their guy. This will add to his undoing, for to not respect Guerrero is the beginning of the end of his undefeated record.