Erdei had a successful debut for DiBella Entertainment.
Hungarian Light Heavyweight Remains Undefeated with Victory
Hungarian light heavyweight Zsolt Erdei (32-0, 17 KOs) kept his perfect record intact tonight at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, cruising to a unanimous decision win over Kenyan speedster Samson Onyango (20-7, 13 KOs). The bout marked a successful debut for Erdei with DiBella Entertainment, which signed the Hungarian sensation to a contract in October.
Erdei was making just his third appearance in the United States tonight, but a huge following of his native fans showed up on the Atlantic City boardwalk to help serenade him to victory. He spent a good deal of the night trying to chase down Onyango, who looked to stay on the move to avoid the advances of his opponent. On many occasions, the strategy of the Kenyan boxer appeared to simply consist of sitting and waiting on the jab of Erdei. When it would come, he then backed off in an attempt to avoid the punch. The undefeated Hungarian appeared frustrated at times by the passive nature of his opposition, but he was eventually able to lure him in for contact.
Onyango threw his punches quite wildly when they came, and Erdei used some impressive defense to block the majority of those attempts. In the second half of the bout, Erdei began to attack with combinations, and that aggression began to pay dividends. Onyango used some jerky head movement to avoid taking much damage, but he was clearly on the receiving end a lot more often than his Hungarian counterpart.
The unorthodox nature of Onyango made packaging a flurry of punches quite difficult for Erdei, but he did a nice job of popping off his jab throughout the eight rounds of competition. Onyango did eventually come in to exchange a few blows, but Erdei was the clear aggressor for the majority of this meeting. When the final bell rang to conclude the eight frames of action, both fighters returned to their corners without any significant signs of damage.
The judges were then called upon to deliver their decision, and it was Erdei who had his hand raise after receiving two scores of 80-72 and a third count of 79-73.