Posted on 12/03/2010
With WBC Welterweight champ Andre Berto apparently out of the Manny Pacquiao sweepstakes, the team of the undefeated American have a very difficult decision to make. Berto is required to fight leading available contender Selcuk Aydin as his next fight in 2011.
This is a big problem for Team Berto, which is trying to manufacture the Floridian into a megastar, because Aydin is a highly explosive and dangerous threat. Aydin, from Turkey, is unknown to most American observers, but he’s 20-0 with 15 KO’s. They call the 27-year-old, “Mini Tyson.”
I have been contacted by a Turkish journalist named Koray Sarkaya who provided information about Aydin’s style. Sarkaya said that Aydin is very aggressive and powerful, very strong, with good speed, though his defense is not the best. Sound familiar? Berto’s style can be described the same way. My conclusion after watching some video footage of Aydin is that a Berto-Aydin showdown has Foreman-Lyle potential. Berto and Aydin are two very ambitious gladiators with exciting warrior styles.
The big question is, Will HBO buy it? Or will HBO elect to protect Berto from the high risk of facing the 5-ft, 7-in Turkish terror by refusing to buy the fight? This would not make a whole lot of sense, because Aydin is just as unknown as Berto’s most recent opponent – Freddy Hernandez, though, in all likelihood, far more dangerous.
Aydin is promoted by Don King and Ahmet Oner although he has no recognizable names on his record aside from Jackson Osei Bonsu and Said Ouali. But Dimitri Pirog did not sport an overly impressive record either, before he devastatingly knocked out Danny Jacobs, did he?
Here is some You Tube footage of Aydin (see below link). Judge for yourself if you think he has the goods to knock out Berto. Take note of Aydin’s aggression, punch output, passion, post-fight, emotions and shouting, where he seems to be saying, “NOTHING IS GOING TO STOP MY QUEST TO WIN THE WORLD TITLE!”
Be very afraid, Team Berto, be very afraid.