With Andre Ward still seeking an opponent, tough Hungarian Zsolt Erdei said on Friday he’d shed pounds to battle The Ring and WBA super middleweight titlist.
Voted the 2011 “Fighter of the Year,” the 29-year-old Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) last exited the squared circle on September 8 with a 10th round TKO victory over “Bad” Chad Dawson.
A gold medalist as a light heavyweight at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, the Bay Area native was injured two months later while preparing to scrap retired titleholder Kelly Pavlik.
After undergoing the knife on January 4 to fix a small tear in his right shoulder capsule, Ward began training in early March and plans to soon return as a 168-pounder.
Conversely, Erdei (33-1, 18 KOs) lost a controversial split decision to Denis Grachev on March 30.
“When I decided to sign with Lou DiBella and fight in America, it was for me to face the best boxers in the world,” said Erdei, 39, a former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion who earned a bronze in the middleweight division at the 2000 Summer Olympics. “Ward is considered to be the best boxer in the world above the middleweight division and he is a great champion. I respect his skills very much, but I know that I have what it takes to get the job done and shock the world. A win over Ward makes me a superstar in America and that is my ultimate goal.”
Although Erdei is a standout pugilist, Ward is a budding legend who has unbelievably not vacated the ring as a loser since he was a 12-year-old amateur.
Should “The Son of God” accept the Hungarian’s challenge, Andre Ward will “get the job done” and easily outclass Zsolt Erdei.
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