Erdei vs. Mitchell on Froch-Johnson undercard on June 4th
By Scott Gilfoid: The only reasonably good fight on the undercard of the June 4th bout between WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch and Glen Johnson will be a light heavyweight match-up between former WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (32-0, 17 KO’s) and 37-year-old Byron Mitchell (28-7-1, 21 KO’s) at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It’s really not that interesting a fight, because Mitchell has lost six out of his last nine fights and hasn’t been looking good as of late.
Mitchell was knocked out in the 2nd round in his last fight against Luis Garcia in November 2010, and then knocked out before that against Otis Griffin in an 8th round TKO loss in May 2010. I’d venture to guess that Mitchell will get knocked out again in this fight with Erdei. The scary part about this fight is that the winner of the bout supposedly will be getting a shot at the winner of the May 21st fight because WBO light light heavyweight champion Jurgen Braehmer and Nathan Cleverly.
Erdei, 36, is ranked #1 by the World Boxing Organization but it’s extremely sad that all he has to do is beat Mitchell to get a shot at the winner of the Cleverly-Braehmer fight. I’d rather see Erdei have to earn a shot at a title by actually beating someone that’s fighting well like Chad Dawson. At least have him fight a contender instead of a 2nd tier guy like Mitchell. Is that asking too much? I may be wrong but shouldn’t Erdei at least have to fight a top tier guy before facing the Cleverly vs. Braehmer winner? I think the the Erdei-Mitchell fight doesn’t belong on the Froch vs. Johnson card. They need quality fights and I don’t see this as being even close to a quality fight. It’s a mismatch and it’s disappointing that it’s being lumped with Froch and Johnson.
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