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Erdei wins WBC cruiserweight title

ZSOLT Erdei of Hungary won the WBC cruiserweight title with a majority decision over Giacobbe Fragomeni of Italy yesterday.

Erdei, who vacated the WBO light-heavyweight title, raised his record to 31-0 in his first fight as a cruiserweight.

Fragomeni, whose only previous loss was to David Haye, dropped to 26-2, with one draw.

Two judges gave the bout to Erdei 115-113, and the other scored it 114-114.

Erdei controlled the first three rounds with his speed and landed several powerful rights to the Italian's head.

But the 40-year-old, heavier Fragomeni stepped up the pace in the middle rounds, and his relentless style began to wear down his five-year-younger opponent.

"After the first three rounds I thought I could do it easy," Erdei said. "But he kept on coming on, pressing and pressing and I began to worry about my health. It was a hard man's work."

Fragomeni began landing more punches to the body and to the Hungarian's chin and appeared to be gaining the upper hand.

Erdei landed a right and then a left hook at the end of the sixth round that otherwise went Fragomeni's way.

The Hungarian looked tired at the end of the seventh but he ended the next round with a good right to the chin that appeared to slow Fragomeni.

The last two rounds were a free-for-all, with both fighters connecting with their guards down.

Although Fragomeni threw a flurry in the last round, the judges ruled the fight in the counterpunching Erdei's favor.


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