2005-10-22 Zsolt Erdei w rsc 12 Mehdi Sahnoune, Fire Mountains Arena, Halle, Germany - WBO

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2005-10-22 Zsolt Erdei w rsc 12 Mehdi Sahnoune, Fire Mountains Arena, Halle, Germany - WBO. Referee: Joe Cortez. Making the contest from the opening bell, the challenger, a former WBA champion, forced Erdei (174¼) to pull out all the stops in order to hang on to his title. With every round closely contested, solid blows being delivered by both men, coming into the final session there was little to choose between them even though Erdei had been up against it in the fifth, sixth and ninth. In the 12th Erdei finally began to hurt Sahnoune (175), and after driving the latter into a corner and battering him with both hands the referee stopped the fight with just 43 seconds remaining on the clock. Afterwards, Erdei claimed that a rib injury had held him back.