Three days before his big world championship challenge against the Italian WBC cruiserweight world champion Giacobbe Fragomeni, long-standing WBO light heavyweight world championZsolt Erdei had time for a short interview. “The Firebird” spoke about the fight, revealed the reason he presented Fragomeni with packages of noodles at the press conference, and explained why he is sporting a black eye.
How are things only three days before the fight?
“Everything is great so far. My concentration and the tension are rising. I feel fit and over the next three days, after the press and PR commitments are finished, now I’m fully concentrated upon my big task on Saturday here in Kiel to become as the first Hungarian world champion in two weight classes.”
At the press conference one could admire your “black eye.” How did that happen?
“Actually, it was a stupid situation. On Friday, of course of the 13th, after the last planned sparring rounds, I persuaded my trainer Artur Grigorian to be allowed to do one more or two rounds more. Then it came as it should come, in the zeal of the battle, by an accidental elbow from my Roumanian sparring partner who then apologized 1,000 times afterwards. The eye became swollen and shimmered in all colors. But now it is only colored. The swelling has completely gone down and hinders me “zero.” The funny thing is 13 and 31 are my lucky numbers and sure enough it happened on Friday the 13th….a punishment for not listening to my trainer.”
At the press conference you handed your opponent Fragomeni several packages of noodles. Are you trying to get him overweight?
No, I am glad if he doesn’t become so heavy – it was only a small gag. I presented an Italian, an authentic pasta specialist, my new noodle collection. In Hungary, and soon also in Germany, these “healthy noodles” and my energy bar, marketed under my name will come on the market. With my partner and developer Carsten Holst, the “Zsolt Erdei Food Production” company has implemented my many years of experience in special nutrition as a professional boxer and wants to contribute to healthy and full-value nutrition for everyone. I also want to prove that very good products can come from Hungary! “