Meeting of Icon Old Boxers – Budapest

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An evening at the Kertész Brewery – District VII., 24-28 Kertész Street – Budapest when and where the „Old” boxing buddies … amateur and professional athletes, champions, coaches, and domestic boxers the creams for decades had met.

György Gedó, retired Hungarian light-flyweight boxer competed in the 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1980 Olympics. Gedó won the gold medal in the light-flyweight division at the 1972 Munich Games; he won the gold medal match with a 5-0 decision. Gedó then competed in the 1976 and 1980 Olympics in the same weight class, but was eliminated in the quarterfinals both times. He was the European light-flyweight champion in 1969 and 1971.

Zsolt Erdei – alias: Bird – Hungarian former professional boxer who competed from 2000 to 2014. He held the WBO and lineal light-heavyweight titles from 2004 to 2009. Erdei won the Lineal and WBO light heavyweight titles from Julio César González by unanimous decision, and successfully defended the titles eleven times and the WBC cruiserweight title from 2009 to 2010. After announcing his retirement in January 2010 and thus relinquishing his claim as Lineal light heavyweight champion, Erdei decided to have more matches in 2011 in the USA and fought Samson Onyango and Byron Mitchell as his first opponents there. The Mitchell fight which was set up by Lou DiBella ended with Erdei knocking Mitchell out in the 6th round (TKO). Erdei is the first boxer from Hungary to have won a world title in two weight divisions. As an amateur, he won a bronze medal in the middleweight division at the 2000 Olympics. Most of Erdei’s matches during his professional career were promoted by Universum boxing.

István Kovács  nicknamed Ko-Ko  and/or sometimes called „The Cobra” – Hungarian retired world champion boxer. As an amateur he won the bantamweight gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics, and was a world champion at the 1991 World Amateur Boxing Championships in flyweight and at the 1997 World Amateur Boxing Championships in featherweight. As a professional he was a world champion, holding the WBO featherweight belt in 2001.

About 120 former and current boxers and specialists participated at the event, including Zsolt Erdei, President of the Hungarian Association of Boxing Associations, István Kovács – Ko-Ko, Olympic and World Champion, György Gedo gold medal champion in the light-flyweight division at the 1972 Munich Games, Norbert Növényi, Károly Csekő, Pál Totka, Gyula Alvics, Vilmos Jakab, György Mizsei, Ferenc Schubert, István Szikora, József Szakos… and many others.

At the event several rewards were received and a Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Jenő Svasz coach.

Background source/titles: Wikipedia

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

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