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Erdei relinquishes WBO belt

Photo: Universum Box-Promotion
Photo: Universum Box-Promotion

Jürgen Brähmer is now the full WBO light heavyweight world champion. Long-standing WBO 175lb world champion Zsolt Erdei has relinquished the belt to move up to cruiserweight to challenge WBC world champion Giaccobe Fragomeni on November 21st in Kiel, Germany. Brähmer is Universum Box-Promotion’s 33rd pro world champion.

Also, an opponent has been named for Brähmer’s first defense on December 19 in his hometown of Schwerin. The “Hundred Year Talent” will face unbeaten Russian Dmitry Sukhotsky (14-0, 9 KOs), the WBO-Europa titleholder and #10 in the WBO ratings.

“I am very glad that I’ve have finally reached my big goal to be a professional world champion,” stated Brähmer. “Of course, now I have to win on December 19th against Sukhotsky as an obligation to Zsolt. But with the title I am still far from the end. I would like to win convincingly in many good world championship fights and show that I deserve to carry this belt.“

Erdei commented, “I wish Jürgen a lot of fun and a lot of luck with the belt. He shouldn’t merely just lose it. Now I’m going to get the WBC belt of Mr. Fragomeni and become the first Hungarian boxer to win world titles in in two weight classes.“

Promoter Dietmar Pozawa added, “After nearly six years as a WBO world champion, Zsolt Erdei very much wanted his next fight to be another big highlight in his career. We worked on two title unifications, but unfortunately in each case the negotiations failed shortly before the end. Then the possibility came up for us to box for the WBC belt at cruiserweight. We sat down to a table with all involved parties and put together this great fight for Zsolt. In boxing history, not too many boxers have succeeded in becoming world champion in two weight classes!“

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