28th July 2012
Reigning WBC Interim Welterweight champ Robert Guerrero was taken to his absolute limits during a brutal 12-round encounter with previously unbeaten Selcuk Aydin.
Guerrero and Aydin stood toe-to-toe for the majority of this bruising contest as the WBC Interim holder was supported by a boisterous home crowd in California.
Guerrero had stepped up two divisions to the 147lb division, and looked like he may lack the power required to challenge some of the division's leaders, including Floyd Mayweather Junior.
And while Aydin lost his unbeaten record, he earned the respect of the American crowd for his perseverance, effort, and for seeing out the 12 rounds.
In the end, the home fighter took a narrow 116 -112, 116 - 112, 117 - 111 unanimous decision.
28-year-old 23 - 0 Turkish fighter Selcuk Aydin gets his first ever World title tilt as he travels to California to face 29 - 1 - 1 WBC World Interim champ Robert Guerrero.
Guerrero, an American with a Mexican background, is known as "the Ghost". He fights in a southpaw stance, and has previously won at featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight. Facing Aydin, the 29-year-old steps up to welterweight for the first time.
28th July 2012
George Groves looked strong as he scored a sixth round TKO
against a difficult opponent in Francisco Sierra.
It's been a frustrating last eight months for Groves, who was forced to withdraw from bouts with Kenny Anderson and a World title shot at Robert Stieglitz due to injuries.
But the Londoner looked like he'd never been away, extending his record to 15 - 0 despite a nasty cut to his eye in the third round.
In the sixth and final round, Groves floored his opponent with a powerhouse combination of punches. And while Sierra made it back to his feet, Groves continued his assault and the Sierra corner threw in the towel.
Groves will now look to bigger challenges. His next bout is live on BoxNation on September 14th atop a fantastic British bill at the Wembley Arena.
It is expected that he will finally get his rematch against Kenny Anderson, who he last fought and defeated in November 2010.
After a frustrating eight-month absence from the ring, "Saint" George Groves makes his return.
The Hammersmith fighter has been struck with several misfortunes since his last outing, a second round TKO win against Paul Smith in November last year.
The 24-year-old first missed out on a bout with Kenny Anderson after withdrawing with a shoulder injury, only to then become injured again in the build-up to a WBO World title shot against Robert Stieglitz in April.
The popular super middleweight will now have his sights firmly fixed on his unpredictable Mexican opponent Francisco Sierra, who is also 24.
Sierra will enter the ring with a 25 - 5 - 1 record, with 22 of his wins coming within the distance. Groves will have to be on his guard against the lesser known Mexican, who has a two-inch height advantage over the British fighter.