Osman Rodriguez of BoxingScene.com reports that Guerrero is negotiating for a fight against Selcuk Aydin in San Jose on July 28, with Showtime televising.
Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KO) is making the move to welterweight, skipping over the 140-pound division, and will be fighting for the first time since defeating Michael Katsidis in April 2011. He was set to face Marcos Maidana at 140 in August, but injured his shoulder and had to cancel the bout.
Though the 28-year-old from Gilroy, Calif., tried to make a big fight, it just was not in the cards. It doesn't make one question a couple things:
- Shouldn't he have fought Malignaggi on the Mayweather vs Cotto undercard if this was the next-best option? Not that this is a worse fight, but...well.
- If Malignaggi really was not HBO/Showtime-approved, as Guerrero says, buy Selcuk Aydin is Showtime-approved, just how far has Malignaggi's stock really fallen? Aydin's an OK fighter and probably a better welterweight than Malignaggi, but that's not how TV slots work. Malignaggi is way better-known than Aydin.
Aydin (23-0, 17 KO) isn't really as good as his record, as he's had one true gift win over Jo Jo Dan and another that was nearly as questionable, both in his native Turkey, but he's a decent fighter who comes to bring action and could make a splash here if he pulls the upset. He has tiny little T-Rex arms, too. That's always worth noting.