Zsolt Erdei (born 31 May 1974) is a Hungarian former professional boxer who competed from 2000 to 2014. He held world championships in two weight classes, including the WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles from 2004 to 2009 (making eleven consecutive defences), and the WBC cruiserweight title from 2009 to 2010. Erdei is the first boxer from Hungary to win world titles in two weight divisions. As an amateur, he won a bronze medal in the middleweight division at the 2000 Olympics. He also competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics.[1]

Zsolt Erdei
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Erdei in 2009
Statistics
Nickname(s)Madár ("Firebird")
Weight(s)
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Reach183 cm (72 in)
NationalityHungarian
Born (1974-05-31) 31 May 1974 (age 45)
Budapest, Hungarian People's Republic
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights35
Wins34
Wins by KO18
Losses1

Amateur careerEdit

Professional careerEdit

Erdei turned professional in December 2000 and won the WBO Inter-Continental light heavyweight title in October 2002. On January 17, 2004, Erdei won the Lineal and WBO light heavyweight titles from Julio César González by unanimous decision, and successfully defended the titles eleven times.

On November 13, 2009, he relinquished his WBO light heavyweight title and moved up to cruiserweight.[2] Erdei defeated Giacobbe Fragomeni on November 21, 2009, for the WBC cruiserweight title. Most of Erdei's matches during his professional career were promoted by Universum boxing.

After announcing his retirement in January 2010 and thus relinquishing his claim as Lineal light heavyweight champion, Erdei decided to have more matches in 2011 in the USA [3][4] and fought Samson Onyango and Byron Mitchell as his first opponents there. The Mitchell fight which was set up by Lou DiBella ended with Erdei knocking Mitchell out in the 6th round (TKO).[5][6]

Erdei finally returned on March 30, 2013 and lost a controversial 10 round split decision to Denis Grachev.

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
35 fights 34 wins 1 loss
By knockout 18 0
By decision 16 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
35 Win 34–1   Shalva Jomardashvili UD 10 9 Mar 2014   Messzi István Sportcsarnok, Kecskemét, Hungary Won vacant WBO European light-heavyweight title
34 Loss 33–1   Denis Grachev SD 10 30 Mar 2013   Salle des Etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco
33 Win 33–0   Byron Mitchell TKO 6 (10), 1:58 4 Jun 2011   Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
32 Win 32–0   Samson Onyango UD 8 20 Nov 2010   Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
31 Win 31–0   Giacobbe Fragomeni MD 12 21 Nov 2009   Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel, Germany Won WBC cruiserweight title
30 Win 30–0   Yuri Barashian UD 12 10 Jan 2009   Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
29 Win 29–0   DeAndrey Abron UD 12 26 Apr 2008   Freiberger Arena, Dresden, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
28 Win 28–0   Tito Mendoza SD 12 24 Nov 2007   Freiberger Arena, Dresden, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
27 Win 27–0   George Blades TKO 11 (12), 2:27 16 Jun 2007   SYMA Sports and Conference Centre, Budapest, Hungary Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
26 Win 26–0   Danny Santiago TKO 8 (12), 1:55 27 Jan 2007   Burg-Wächter Castello, Düsseldorf, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
25 Win 25–0   Thomas Ulrich UD 12 29 Jul 2006   König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
24 Win 24–0   Paul Murdoch TKO 10 (12), 0:19 6 May 2006   Burg-Wächter Castello, Düsseldorf, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
23 Win 23–0   Mehdi Sahnoune TKO 12 (12), 2:17 22 Oct 2005   Brandberge Arena, Halle, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
22 Win 22–0   Hugo Garay SD 12 26 Feb 2005   Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
21 Win 21–0   Alejandro Lakatos UD 12 11 Sep 2004   Kisstadion, Budapest, Hungary Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
20 Win 20–0   Hugo Garay MD 12 8 May 2004   Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, Germany Retained WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
19 Win 19–0   Julio César González UD 12 17 Jan 2004   Dm-Arena, Karlsruhe, Germany Won WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles
18 Win 18–0   Ramdane Serdjane KO 1 (8) 15 Nov 2003   Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, Germany
17 Win 17–0   Juan Nelongo UD 12 6 Sep 2003   Újszeged Sports Hall, Szeged, Hungary Retained WBO Inter-Continental light-heavyweight title
16 Win 16–0   Massimiliano Saiani TKO 7 (12), 2:43 12 Jul 2003   Wilhelm Dopatka Halle, Leverkusen, Germany Retained WBO Inter-Continental light-heavyweight title
15 Win 15–0   Jose Hilton Dos Santos TKO 10 (12), 2:45 29 Mar 2003   Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany Retained WBO Inter-Continental light-heavyweight title
14 Win 14–0   Juan Carlos Giménez TKO 8 (12) 23 Nov 2002   Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, Germany Retained WBO Inter-Continental light-heavyweight title
13 Win 13–0   Jim Murray KO 5 (12), 1:58 5 Oct 2002   Főnix Hall, Debrecen, Hungary Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental light-heavyweight title
12 Win 12–0   Roberto Coelho UD 8 17 Aug 2002   Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany
11 Win 11–0   Daren Whitley UD 6 29 Jun 2002   Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
10 Win 10–0   Anthony Stephens KO 2 (8) 16 Mar 2002   Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Germany
9 Win 9–0   Jesse Corona TKO 4 (8) 15 Dec 2001   Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany
8 Win 8–0   Alban Girouard KO 2 (8), 0:55 3 Nov 2001   Hansehalle, Lübeck, Germany
7 Win 7–0   Julius Gal TKO 2 (4) 1 Sep 2001   Berlin, Germany
6 Win 6–0   Dennis Matthews TKO 3 (4), 1:18 4 Aug 2001   Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, US
5 Win 5–0   Oleksandr Garashchenko UD 4 16 Jun 2001   Kisstadion, Budapest, Hungary
4 Win 4–0   Henry Mobio KO 4 (4) 7 Apr 2001   Universum Gym, Hamburg, Germany
3 Win 3–0   Dennis McKinney UD 4 27 Jan 2001   Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle, Munich, Germany
2 Win 2–0   Willie McDonald TKO 2 (4) 16 Dec 2000   Grugahalle, Essen, Germany
1 Win 1–0   Philip Houthoofdt TKO 1 (4) 5 Dec 2000   Universum Gym, Hamburg, Germany

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Zsolt Erdei Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Erdei relinquishes WBO belt". fightnews.com. 2009-11-13. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  3. ^ Zsolt Erdei, Hungarian Boxer, Makes Comeback
  4. ^ Erdei interview Erdei születésnap után, bunyó előttNépszabadság Retrieved 2011-06-05. sidelined: The so called "Hamburg decline" (Hamburgi hanyatlás)"
  5. ^ Erdei stops Mitchell, eyes Hopkins
  6. ^ Erdei kiütéssel győzött, mehet a bajnoki övért Népszabadság Retrieved 2011-06-05.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Glen Johnson
WBO Inter-Continental
light-heavyweight champion

5 October 2002 – 17 January 2004
Won world title
Vacant
Title next held by
Tomasz Adamek
Vacant
Title last held by
Jonathan Profichet
WBO European
light heavyweight champion

8 March 2014 – November 2014
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Umar Salamov
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Julio César González
WBO light heavyweight champion
17 January 2004 – 13 November 2009
Vacated
Succeeded by
Jürgen Brähmer
promoted from interim status
Lineal light-heavyweight champion
17 January 2004 – 13 November 2009
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Jean Pascal
Preceded by
Giacobbe Fragomeni
WBC cruiserweight champion
21 November 2009 – 22 January 2010
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Krzysztof Wlodarczyk