Erdei vs Campillo Clash For The Vacant WBA Title?

By Rick Reeno

The news hit last week that Gabriel Campillo (20-3, 7 KOs) withdrew from his fight with Thierry Karl, which was scheduled for the vacant EBU light heavyweight title on January 22 in Levallois, France. Sources in Spain have advised that Campillo will likely be involved in a fight for the WBA's vacant "regular" title at 175-pounds.

Beibut Shumenov, the current WBA champion, will face WBO champion Juergen Braehmer on January 8. The winner of their unification bout will become the WBA's "super champion," which is going to leave the "regular" title vacant. The WBA will order the two highest ranked contenders to fight for the vacant belt, which is Campillo, who is ranked at number one, and unbeaten former two division champion Zsolt Erdei (32-0, 17KOs) at number two.

If Erdei doesn't accept the fight, the WBA will go the down the list of available contenders within the top ten.

Erdei's adviser, Greg Leon, will evaluate the situation with his boxer - if the WBA hands down the order.

"Defeating Bernard Hopkins has been Zsolt Erdei's greatest desire from the day I met him. Now that it's clear Jean Pascal is fighting Chad Dawson next, we're going to exercise every effort to get the living legend in the ring with my undefeated star. Of course, if  the WBA formally orders Erdei-Gabriel Campillo for the title, it would be an honor and we would have to weigh-out our options at that point in time," Leon told

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bram on 01-01-2011

And afterwards, the Shumenov-Braehmer winner can fight the Dawson-Pascal 2 winner and the winner of that would make them the WBA Super-Duper LHW Champion and then the winner of Campillo-Erdei will be upgraded to Regular Super Champion which would make…

Comment by MrFynest on 01-01-2011

I see Erdei winning an easy decision here. WBA is a total joke. While I think all sanctioning bodies have no credibility, WBA is the only one where it's had 3 "champions" in a single weight class. "super" "regular" and…

Comment by JK1700 on 01-01-2011

Campillo vs Erdei would be interesting. I like Campillo if they do fight.

Comment by cupocity303 on 01-01-2011

[SIZE="3"]I've made threads about Hopkins facing Erdei from years ago. I wish it would happen, another notch under B-hop's belt facing the Unofficial Linear Champ and taking his 0 in the process. I didn't G. Leon was an adviser of…

Comment by daggum on 12-31-2010

erdei(the good calzaghe) will school campillo, shumenov, pascal, cloud, dawson, and hopkins and claim his rightful place as lord of boxing.

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