Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reports that a decision will come this week on whether or not Andre Berto will defend his WBC welterweight trinket against Selcuk Aydin on November 27. The fight would be on the undercard of Juan Manuel Marquez's lightweight championship defense against Michael Katsidis, and could set up a triple-header for HBO that night.
Berto's promoter, Lou DiBella, told The Times on Tuesday that a Berto title defense against Turkey's Selcuk Aydin (20-0, 15 KOs) "is a possibility" that "should be done this week if it's going to happen."
So it's not the strongest bet just yet, but at least it's being given consideration. Truth be told, it's exactly where Berto should be, especially with an opponent as weak -- from a marketing standpoint -- as Aydin.
DiBella is already involved with the card, which is headlined by two Golden Boy fighters, because he's got featherweight Celestino Caballero set to take on Matt Remillard. Remillard (22-0, 13 KO) will be taking an enormous leap in competition against the former 122-pound titlist, who dominated Daud Yordan earlier this year on HBO and is looking to land a big fight next year against one of the division's top fighters. The 24-year-old Remillard has yet to face anyone near Caballero's level. The Connecticut native is showing some real brass by taking that fight.
As for Berto, let's hope he does this. Aydin is the WBC mandatory challenger, and he's clearly attached to the belt enough that he doesn't want to give it up. They tried to brush aside the Aydin mandate from the WBC when it was first passed down, but it's just not going to work that way. He's going to have to fight him or relinquish the strap, so if he's going to fight him, this is probably the only way it gets any HBO money at all. The network expressed no desire in having the fight as a main event. As a co-feature, it seems to work for the cable giant, and that makes sense. It's not a main event for HBO because it's not worth main event money, and it's not a main event as a live fight, either, because how can you sell tickets for that? Aydin is functionally nobody in the States and Berto has enough trouble drawing.
All that negativity aside, what makes it a nice co-feature is that it could be a pretty good fight. Aydin is aggressive and a bit chippy, and Berto is best when he really has to fight.