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Aydin vs. Soto-Karass, Matthysse vs. Dallas Jr. on 1/26

Jesus Soto Karass Lucas Matthysse Selcuk AydinBy Jason Kim: #3 WBC welterweight contender Selcuk Aydin (23-1, 17 KO’s) will be fighting for the first time with new trainer Adam Booth on January 26h against Jesus Soto-Karass (26-8-3, 17 KO’s0 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Aydin, 29, lost his last fight to former three division world champion Robert Guerrero by a 12 round unanimous decision in July of last year. Although Aydin looked powerful with his shots, he looked incredibly raw for a fighter with six year of pro experience under his belt and he performed poorly other than when he was landing big power shots.

Aydin failed to throw enough punches to win the fight, and he showed flaws like a lack of a jab, no head movement and poor mobility. With Booth, however, we can expect to see some big changes to Aydin’s game because Booth’s fighters tend to use a lot of circling of the ring and quick, explosive in and out attacks.

His fighters don’t stand in front of their opponents, and they don’t just slug it out. They look for openings to land hard combinations and then they get away before their opponents can fire back any meaningful shots.


Aydin should be able to win this fight over Soto-Karass, but it’s not going to be easy because Soto-Karass is a bigger fighter and he loves to slug it out with his opposition. Soto-Karass was giving Marcos Maidana all he could handle for six rounds last September before Maidana turned it up a notch and took Soto-Karass out in the 8th round.

That was a pretty competitive fight until Maidana started unloading on big power shots in the 7th
Interim WBC light welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (32-2, 30 KO’s) has a fight against replacement opponent Mike Dallas Jr. (19-2, 1, 8 KO’s).

Matthysse was supposed to be fighting Hank Lundy, but that fight fell through and Dallas Jr. was selected as the replacement. Both fighters are about the same in talent and it really doesn’t matter that Matthysse is facing Dallas Jr. This fight is a vehicle for Matthysse to look good against and impress boxing fans while he gets ready for a bigger fight against WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia in 2013.

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