Georgi Kandelaki (Georgian: გიორგი კანდელაკი; born April 10, 1974 in Variani, Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union) is a retired Georgian boxer of Caucasus Greek descent, and current boxing administrator. He competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics, at the 1997 World Amateur Boxing Championships he became the first Georgian to win a World Championship, and from 2002 to 2003 held the World Boxing Union heavyweight title.
|Born||April 10, 1974|
Variani, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
|Wins by KO||18|
Kandelaki was born in the village of Variani and was introduced to boxing by his father, Tarash Kandelaki. In 1991, he completed Variani secondary school, and went on to study at the Gori State University Economics Department.
In 1992 Kandelaki won the Junior World Championships in the heavyweight class, and in 1993 he won the European Championships and reached the final of the World Championships, where he lost by default to Félix Savón.
Representing Georgia at the 1996 Summer Olympics, he defeated Thompson Garcia and Wojciech Bartnik before losing to Félix Savón in the quarter-finals. In the European Championships the same year, he lost to Christophe Mendy in the quarter-finals.
In 1997, he fought in the super heavyweight class in the World Championships, and defeated Vitali Boot, Petr Horáček, Jean-Francois Bergeron and Sergei Liakhovich to reach the final, where he won the title against Alexis Rubalcaba.
Soviet Junior Tournament (81 kg), April 1989:
Ahmet Comert Tournament (91 kg), Istanbul, Turkey, May 1992:
Chemistry Cup (91 kg), Halle, Germany, March 1994:
Chemistry Cup (+91 kg), Halle, Germany, March 1995:
100th Anniversary Tournament (91 kg), Moscow, Russia, October 1995:
Tammer Tournament (+91 kg), Tampere, Finland, September 1997:
Retirement and later lifeEdit
After his boxing career, Kandelaki founded the Georgian Professional Boxing Association and became its president. He trained boys as boxers in his home village of Variani and other villages. He was mentioned in the book The President, the World Champion and I by Lali Moroshkina.
Professional boxing recordEdit
|Professional record summary|
|24 fights||24 wins||0 losses|
|24 Wins (18 knockouts, 6 decisions)|
|24||Win||238||Alexey Osokin||227||11–17–1||TKO||3 (6)||17 Oct 2003||Sports Palace, Tbilisi, Georgia|
|23||Win||237½||Alexander Vasiliev||223||15–9–1||TKO||12 (12)||21 Dec 2002||Yubileyny Sports Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia||for vacant WBU heavyweight title|
|22||Win||?||Eric French||?||10–24–3||TKO||1 (6)||21 Sep 2002||Circus, Kiev, Ukraine|
|21||Win||240||Derek McCafferty||246||2–6–0||RTD||5 (8), 3:00||25 May 2002||Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth, Hampshire, United Kingdom|
|20||Win||236½||Alexey Varakin||218½||17–9–2||TKO||1 (8), 2:10||2 Mar 2002||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom|
|19||Win||243¾||Alexey Osokin||236||9–13–1||UD||6 (6)||20 Dec 2001||Giant Hall, Casino Conti, Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|18||Win||?||Ilia Tlashadze||?||3–0–0||KO||3||23 Oct 2001||Variani, Georgia|
|17||Win||233½||Sam Ubokane||226¾||9–1–0||TKO||4 (6)||29 Jan 2001||Bushfield Leisure Centre, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom|
|16||Win||?||Joey Guy||?||27–3–0||TKO||4 (8)||26 Oct 2000||Sports Palace, Tbilisi, Georgia|
|15||Win||231||Harry Senior||?||7–8–1||PTS||8 (8)||13 Jul 2000||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom|
|14||Win||225||Rodney McSwain||218||7–11–0||PTS||6 (6)||29 Apr 2000||The Arena, Wembley, London, United Kingdom|
|13||Win||220||Antoine Palatis||227¼||27–10–2||PTS||8 (8)||21 Feb 2000||Elephant & Castle Centre, Southwark, London, United Kingdom||80–73|
|12||Win||235¾||Derek McCafferty||238||2–2–0||PTS||8 (8)||18 Dec 1999||Elephant & Castle Centre, Southwark, London, United Kingdom||80–73|
|11||Win||228||Mark Young||242||14–36–1||KO||2 (8)||8 Oct 1999||Sports Palace, Tbilisi, Georgia|
|10||Win||224¾||Kimmuel Odum||220||17–29–1||TKO||1 (8)||21 Aug 1999||Batumi, Georgia|
|9||Win||226½||Spas Spasov||211||7–6–0||TKO||1 (8), 0:37||15 Jul 1999||Werrington Sports Centre, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom|
|8||Win||225¾||Yuriy Yelistratov||226¼||19–10–1||KO||1 (6), 1:44||22 Jun 1999||Corn Exchange, Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom|
|7||Win||228¾||Emile Ramon||224¾||4–4–0||TKO||1 (6), 2:31||22 May 1999||Maysfield Leisure Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom|
|6||Win||230½||Laszlo Paszterko||219¼||15–31–4||TKO||2 (6), 0:59||24 Apr 1999||Planet Ice Rink, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom|
|5||Win||231½||Johnny Davison||203||0–9–0||TKO||2 (6), 2:09||6 Mar 1999||Elephant & Castle Centre, Southwark, London, United Kingdom|
|4||Win||231¾||Ladislav Husarik||273||5–19–1||PTS||6 (6)||6 Feb 1999||North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax, Yorkshire, United Kingdom||60–55|
|3||Win||231||Jean Marie Naandu||201||4–9–0||KO||1 (6), 1:23||12 Dec 1998||Northgate Arena, Chester, Cheshire, United Kingdom|
|2||Win||234¾||Steven Archie||241||debut||TKO||2 (4)||26 Sep 1998||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA|
|1||Win||242½||Shane Woollas||232||8–10–0||TKO||2 (4), 2:53||2 Jul 1998||Corn Exchange, Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom|
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|0 matches||0 wins||0 losses|
|Win||2-2||Mitsuya Nagai||KO||RINGS - Mega Battle Tournament 1993: Second Round||November 18, 1993||1||7:19||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||1-2||Yoshihisa Yamamoto||Decision||RINGS - Battle Dimension: Osaka Metropolitan Circuit II||July 13, 1993||5||3:00||Nagoya, Japan|
|Win||1-1||Vladimir Kravchuk||KO||RINGS - Mega Battle Tournament 1992: Semi-Finals||December 19, 1992||2||1:38||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||0-1||Hans Nijman||KO||RINGS - Mega Battle Tournament 1992: First Round||October 29, 1992||4||0:35||Nagoya, Japan|
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- "EBU - Affiliated Federations". EBU. Archived from the original on 20 June 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
- "Boxing Promoters!". Joe Stack. Archived from the original on 16 February 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
- Gvazava, Rusudan (7 September 2009). "The President, the World Champion and I - Lali Moroshkina reveals unknown details about Mikheil Saakashvili and her ex-sweetheart Giorgi Kandelaki". Georgian Times. Georgian Times Media Holding. Archived from the original on 24 October 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
- "BoxRec - George Kandelaki". Archived from the original on 2012-10-12.
- Professional boxing record for Georgi Kandelaki from BoxRec (history)
- Georgi Kandelaki Boxing Record at BoxingRecords.com
| WBU Heavyweight Champion
December 21, 2002 – January 2004