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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Chilemba to Face Erdei in September

Isaac Chilemba is preparing to face the toughest opponent of his career in the person of former two-time world champion Zsolt Erdei at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut on September 29. DiBella Entertainment is putting on the card and the fight could be shown on HBO.

Chilemba (19-1-1, 9 KOs) is a 6'1" 25-year old from Malawi with good wins over Edison Miranda and Maxim Vlasov. He drew with Thomas Oosthuizen in 2010. Erdei (33-0, 18 KOs) is a 5'10" 38-year old from Hungary. He was the WBO light heavyweight champion from 2004 until 2009 when he moved up to win a cruiserweight belt against Giacobbe Fragomeni. Erdei promptly moved back down to light heavyweight after that bout.

Chilemba has been far busier of the two men. He defeated Miranda in February and fought three times in 2011. The veteran Erdei fought once in 2011 and once in 2010. Chilemba is the ninth rated light heavyweight according to The Ring. Erdei had been rated by The Ring until he relinquished his spot earlier this month because he hadn't fought for over a year at that point. In fact, Erdei's last fight was a sixth round TKO victory over journeyman Byron Mitchell on June 4, 2011. He had been rated fifth.

The bout is scheduled for ten rounds.

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