By James McKnight @Mcknightjames83
|Former world champ Aydin faces a tough test against Karass.|
Selcuk Aydin and Jesus Soto Karass will square off this weekend on the undercard of Lucas Mattysse-Mike Dallas Jr at Las Vegas' hard rock hotel and casino in a ten round welterweight non-title bout.
Aydin (23-1-0, 17 KO's), was born in Turkey and has held the WBC International, EBU (European) and WBC 'Silver' welterweight titles in the past. He last fought in July 2012 against Robert Guerrero which was for the interim WBC welterweight title. Aydin, 29, suffered a career first loss against 'The Ghost' via unanimous decision. Now under new trainer, Adam Booth, he will aim to bounce back in style against the Mexican born fighter.
Soto-Karass (26-8-3, 17 KO's), was born in Mexico and has more ring experience than Aydin in the pro ranks. In his career he has won the WBC Continental Americas title and NABF and NABC titles, He was involved in a grueling war against Argentinian, Marcos Maidana, last September in a bout he lost after being stopped in the 8th round. That was for the vacant WBA International welterweight title. A win for Soto-Karass, 30, over Aydin would be classed as an upset and it would set him up for bigger fights in 2013.
Soto-Karass has the height advantage in this but Aydin has the power. Soto-Karass can take a shot though which was evident in his last fight against Maidana. Aydin has the more compact style and a tighter defense. I think we will see Soto-Karass coming forward and unloading shots, but Aydin will counter well and land the more telling blows. I don't think Aydin will have this all his own way and I wouldn't be surprised if it goes the distance. If Aydin does spark in to life though and has success, we could see a stoppage and I think Aydin will go for it and the referee will stop the fight in the last couple of rounds.
This should be a very good fight.
Aydin TKO 9