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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Gilroy's Robert Guerrero Tentatively Scheduled to Fight Selcuk Aydin on July 28 at HP Pavilion

Gilroy's Guerrero (right) will cut his teeth at 147 pounds against unbeaten Aydin of Turkey (left).

In his first fight since getting arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder, Gilroy's Robert Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs) will make his 147-pound debut against Selcuk Aydin, with the tentative date being scheduled for July 28 at San Jose's HP Pavilion.

Aydin (23-0, 17 KOs), an unbeaten fighter from Turkey with an aggressive pressure style, is a top 10-ranked welterweight and will provide the former interim lightweight champ a solid test.

Guerrero's manager Bob Santos had initially informed this writer about Aydin's name being in the mix weeks ago, but he was holding out in hopes that a more established fighter would step up to the plate.

When former 140-pound titlist Paulie Malignaggi was rebuffed after throwing his hat in the race, it prompted the New Yorker to send "The Ghost" a scathing letter. In response, Guerrero explained that he shot Malignaggi down because he did not think "The Magic Man" would be approved by HBO or Showtime.

"The Ghost" now returns to the site where he was slated to fight 140-pounder Marcos Maidana last August before injuring the rotator cuff in his left shoulder--except this time it will be at the full-fledged welterweight limit of 147 pounds.

Ring Magazine's Lem Satterfield confirmed the news Thursday night, adding that Showtime would televise the bout and that the WBC welterweight interim title would likely be on the line.

The regular holder of the aforementioned belt, Floyd Mayweather, has not defended it since taking it from Victor Ortiz last September. Mayweather has instead chosen to challenge Miguel Cotto on May 5 for the Puerto Rican's WBA 154-pound title, and is scheduled for a 90-day jail sentence to begin in June.

Guerrero chased Mayweather for over a month before the former pound-for-pound king selected Cotto. Now he will get a chance to prove he belongs in the realm of the top 147-pounders in the world.

Boxing correspondent Ryan Maquiñana is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazine’s Ratings Advisory Panel. E-mail him at rmaquinana@gmail.com, check out his blog at norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

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