WBO Light Heavyweight kingpin Zsolt Erdei outboxed two-time European Champion Thomas Ulrich over twelve rounds tonight to retain his title for the sixth time at the Konig-Pilsner Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. Erdei, 25-0 (15), a promotional stablemate of Ulrich's, had to endure a sustained opening push from the seemingly larger German but began to take control when the challenger's initial burst of energy began to fade. Erdei, of Budapest, Hungary, used his sharper skills to pick off Ulrich, 29-3 (19), for most of the middle rounds but was on the defensive again staring in the eighth when the ex-European titlist got his second wind.
Ulrich mounted a furious charge in the twelfth and final frame, shaking the champion with a clanging right hand but it wasn't enough as Erdei remained undefeated via scores of 116-112, 112-108 and 120-108.
There was other good action as well - former European Heavyweight titlist Sinan Samil Sam outpointed Saul Montana in a slugfest to retain the WBC International belt and undefeated heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko pounded out overmatched American tourist Chad Van Sickle in two.