UBO Flashback: When Szello Took UBO Title In Fifth Pro Fight                   

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March 4, 2021 / BY UBO PRESS OFFICER

UBO  -  Universal Boxing Organization™

Hungarian Imre Szello was a stand-out amateur with over 300 bouts in the unpaid ranks, representing his country in countless international tournaments, including the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.


He also compiled a fine 11-2 record in the semi-professional World Series of Boxing, representing Milano Thunder, so it was only natural that he would be fast-tracked when he turned pro in June of 2014.

After a routine debut-victory, Szello won the Hungarian national Cruiserweight title in his second outing, scoring a land-slide unanimous decision over Gyula Bozai (12-6-2).

He finished 2014 with two easy wins over journeymen, before being stepped up in class on March 14, 2015, taking on Georgian Shalva Jomardashvili (31-11-2) for the vacant Universal Boxing Organization™ (UBO) International Cruiserweight title.


Jomardashvili was on the slide, but had fought Matthew Macklin for the European Middleweight title, and gone the distance with Hungarian legend, and former world Light Heavyweight champion, Zsolt Erdei a year earlier.

So when Szello demolished him in three, it was quite a statement. Szello showed Jomardashvili no mercy, knocking him down in round two before finishing him off in the next stanza.

Szello defended the UBO title a month later, scoring a unanimous decision over Romanian Iulian Ilie (20-8-2). He won eighteen more straight, before losing a challenge for the WBA World title to Ryad Merhy (28-1) in October of 2019.

Prior to that he had defeated good opponents such as Ismail Abdoul (56-35-2), Alejandro Valori (17-8), Hamilton Ventura (15-3-1), Garrett Wilson (17-11-1), Robert Hall Jr. (11-0), Denis Grachev (16-5-1), Gusmyr Perdomo (25-8) and Denis Simcic (32-2-1).

It remains to be seen if the Merhy fight will be his last fight, or if Szello, now 37, has another run in him. If not, he finished with a stellar 24-1 (16) ledger.








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