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 couldn´t 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 Erdei´s 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.