Erdei defeats Ulrich

By Per Ake Persson: WBO lightheavy champ Zsolt Erdei retained the title tonight in Oberhausen with a unanimous decision over German challenger Thomas Ulrich. It was scored 120-108, 118-110 and 116-112 . There were no knockdowns in a clean fight fought at long distance with the sharper Erdei scoring with a precise, hard jab that Ulrich couldnīt avoid. Thomas finished with a bad swelling around the left eye and was also cut in the same region..

The challenger punched a lot more than the champion but could never breakthrough the clever Erdeiīs defence. Referee was American Eddie Cotton, who had very little to do. Both men are with Universum, who also promoted the show. For Thomas Ulrich, 29-3, this may be it. All three losses, to Glencoffe Johnson, Tomasz Adamek and now Erdei have been in important crossroads fights.

Article posted on 30.07.2006

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