Not only is Erdei unbeaten as a professional, he is also a two-time world champion.
Hungarian Light Heavyweight Will Make DiBella Debut on November 20th
DiBella Entertainment has made official the signing of undefeated Hungarian light heavyweight Zsolt Erdei (31-0, 17 KOs), and his first bout under the DiBella banner will be taking place on November 20th at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Fighting on the undercard of a Sergio Martinez WBC Middleweight Title defense against Paul Williams, Erdei will make his first ring appearance in nearly a year when he faces Samson Onyango (20-6, 13 KOs).
“Zsolt is a Hungarian megastar and one of the best European fighters of the past decade,” said Lou DiBella, who is the President of DiBella Entertainment. “With his return, he becomes one of the big five in the light heavyweight division, and provides a champion’s challenge to Pascal, Cloud, Dawson, and Hopkins. DiBella Entertainment is thrilled to be able to introduce him to the American audience.”
After a long and successful run as both an amateur and professional boxer, Erdei contemplated calling it a career after his last fight in November of 2009, a majority decision win over Giacobbe Fragomeni in Germany to win the WBC Cuiserweight Title. He has fought all but two of his bouts in either Germany or his native Hungary, and this upcoming match will be first appearance in the United States since 2002.
“What’s coming up next for me is in America,” Erdei stated. “To be successful there is the next step after having achieved mostly everything in Europe. The big names in my weight class, I want to challenge and defeat them. That’s my goal.”
Erdei won the Bronze Medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, putting the finishing touches on an amateur career that saw him fight 212 times. The 36-year-old boxer then turned professional and eventually won the WBO Light Heavyweight Championship in 2004, holding the title for five years and making 11 defenses before moving up in weight class to fight Fragomeni last November. After having such a successful run as a pro fighter, it was for that reason he contemplated hanging up his gloves for good, but the pull of the ring was too much for him to ignore. When he decided the time had come to return to action, Erdei and his camp began to pursue what opportunities might lay in front of him.
“We had a few options, especially from US promoters,” Erdei remarked. “After a lot of discussions and negotiations, we had met with Lou DiBella and DiBella Entertainment in New York. These meetings were always very positive. He made the best offer, and what was very important to me was that he believes in me and displayed this clearly to myself.”
Tickets for the upcoming Martinez-Williams card, which features Zsolt’s DiBella debut against Onyango, are available now at the Boardwalk Hall box office or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420.