Robert Guerrero will face Selcuk Aydin this Saturday night at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., with the bouts being televised live on Showtime. But for those unfamiliar with Guerrero and his story, particularly his wife Casey's battle with cancer, here's a video from Showtime Sports. I'll tell you now: I think it's a little bit dusty in here.
Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KO) has held major titles at 126 and 130, with interim belts at 135 pounds, but now is making the jump to 147 against a legit opponent, a tough guy who has some power and isn't going to come out to San Jose to roll over for the house fighter.
I remember that fight with Martin Honorio that you see in the video, too, the 56-second knockout. It was the Showtime co-feature in November 2007, with the main event that night pitting Juan Manuel Marquez against Rocky Juarez. Marquez won in a one-sided wipeout that night, but Guerrero's first round KO of Honorio was really emotional. News had hit about Casey being diagnosed with leukemia, which came about two weeks before that fight. There was a serious question whether or not Robert would fight, but he did, and he came out and did that -- against a good fighter, mind you -- to get back home as soon as he could. It really is something that stuck with me.