Georgi Kandelaki

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Georgi Kandelaki
Statistics
Born (1974-04-10) April 10, 1974 (age 45)
Variani, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
Boxing record
Total fights24
Wins24
Wins by KO18
Losses0
Draws0

Georgi Kandelaki (Georgian: გიორგი კანდელაკი) (born April 10, 1974 in Variani, Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union) is a retired Georgian boxer of Caucasus Greek descent, and current boxing administrator. He competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics, at the 1997 World Amateur Boxing Championships he became the first Georgian to win a World Championship,[1] and from 2002 to 2003 held the World Boxing Union heavyweight title.

Early life[edit]

Kandelaki was born in the village of Variani[2] and was introduced to boxing by his father, Tarash Kandelaki.[1] In 1991, he completed Variani secondary school, and went on to study at the Gori State University Economics Department.[1]

Amateur career[edit]

In 1992 Kandelaki won the Junior World Championships in the heavyweight class, and in 1993 he won the European Championships and reached the final of the World Championships, where he lost by default to Félix Savón.

In the 1995 World Championships, he reached the quarter-finals having beaten Friday Ahunanya, and again lost by default to Félix Savón.

Representing Georgia at the 1996 Summer Olympics, he defeated Thompson Garcia and Wojciech Bartnik before losing to Félix Savón in the quarter-finals. In the European Championships the same year, he lost to Christophe Mendy in the quarter-finals.

In 1997, he fought in the super heavyweight class in the World Championships, and defeated Vitali Boot, Petr Horáček, Jean-Francois Bergeron and Sergei Liakhovich to reach the final, where he won the title against Alexis Rubalcaba.

Highlights[edit]

Professional career[edit]

In 1998, Kandelaki started boxing as a professional for Panix Promotions. In 2002, he won the World Boxing Union heavyweight title. In 2003, he retired unbeaten because of an eye injury.[3]

Retirement and later life[edit]

After his boxing career, Kandelaki founded the Georgian Professional Boxing Association and became its president.[3][4][5] He trained boys as boxers in his home village of Variani and other villages.[2] He was mentioned in the book The President, the World Champion and I by Lali Moroshkina.[6]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
24 fights 24 wins 0 losses
By knockout 18 0
24 Wins (18 knockouts, 6 decisions)[7]
No. Result Billed
Wgt
Opponent Opp
Wgt
Opp Record Type Round,
time
Date Location Notes
24 Win 238 Russia Alexey Osokin 227 11–17–1 TKO 3 (6) 17 Oct 2003 Georgia (country) Sports Palace, Tbilisi, Georgia
23 Win 237½ Russia Alexander Vasiliev 223 15–9–1 TKO 12 (12) 21 Dec 2002 Russia Yubileyny Sports Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia for vacant WBU heavyweight title
22 Win ? United States Eric French ? 10–24–3 TKO 1 (6) 21 Sep 2002 Ukraine Circus, Kiev, Ukraine
21 Win 240 United Kingdom Derek McCafferty 246 2–6–0 RTD 5 (8), 3:00 25 May 2002 United Kingdom Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth, Hampshire, United Kingdom
20 Win 236½ Russia Alexey Varakin 218½ 17–9–2 TKO 1 (8), 2:10 2 Mar 2002 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
19 Win 243¾ Russia Alexey Osokin 236 9–13–1 UD 6 (6) 20 Dec 2001 Russia Giant Hall, Casino Conti, Saint Petersburg, Russia
18 Win ? Georgia (country) Ilia Tlashadze ? 3–0–0 KO 3 23 Oct 2001 Georgia (country) Variani, Georgia
17 Win 233½ South Africa Sam Ubokane 226¾ 9–1–0 TKO 4 (6) 29 Jan 2001 United Kingdom Bushfield Leisure Centre, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
16 Win ? United States Joey Guy ? 27–3–0 TKO 4 (8) 26 Oct 2000 Georgia (country) Sports Palace, Tbilisi, Georgia
15 Win 231 United Kingdom Harry Senior ? 7–8–1 PTS 8 (8) 13 Jul 2000 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
14 Win 225 United States Rodney McSwain 218 7–11–0 PTS 6 (6) 29 Apr 2000 United Kingdom The Arena, Wembley, London, United Kingdom
13 Win 220 France Antoine Palatis 227¼ 27–10–2 PTS 8 (8) 21 Feb 2000 United Kingdom Elephant & Castle Centre, Southwark, London, United Kingdom 80–73
12 Win 235¾ United Kingdom Derek McCafferty 238 2–2–0 PTS 8 (8) 18 Dec 1999 United Kingdom Elephant & Castle Centre, Southwark, London, United Kingdom 80–73
11 Win 228 United States Mark Young 242 14–36–1 KO 2 (8) 8 Oct 1999 Georgia (country) Sports Palace, Tbilisi, Georgia
10 Win 224¾ United States Kimmuel Odum 220 17–29–1 TKO 1 (8) 21 Aug 1999 Georgia (country) Batumi, Georgia
9 Win 226½ Bulgaria Spas Spasov 211 7–6–0 TKO 1 (8), 0:37 15 Jul 1999 United Kingdom Werrington Sports Centre, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
8 Win 225¾ Ukraine Yuriy Yelistratov 226¼ 19–10–1 KO 1 (6), 1:44 22 Jun 1999 United Kingdom Corn Exchange, Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
7 Win 228¾ Guadeloupe Emile Ramon 224¾ 4–4–0 TKO 1 (6), 2:31 22 May 1999 United Kingdom Maysfield Leisure Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
6 Win 230½ Hungary Laszlo Paszterko 219¼ 15–31–4 TKO 2 (6), 0:59 24 Apr 1999 United Kingdom Planet Ice Rink, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
5 Win 231½ United Kingdom Johnny Davison 203 0–9–0 TKO 2 (6), 2:09 6 Mar 1999 United Kingdom Elephant & Castle Centre, Southwark, London, United Kingdom
4 Win 231¾ Slovakia Ladislav Husarik 273 5–19–1 PTS 6 (6) 6 Feb 1999 United Kingdom North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax, Yorkshire, United Kingdom 60–55
3 Win 231 Democratic Republic of the Congo Jean Marie Naandu 201 4–9–0 KO 1 (6), 1:23 12 Dec 1998 United Kingdom Northgate Arena, Chester, Cheshire, United Kingdom
2 Win 234¾ United States Steven Archie 241 debut TKO 2 (4) 26 Sep 1998 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA
1 Win 242½ United Kingdom Shane Woollas 232 8–10–0 TKO 2 (4), 2:53 2 Jul 1998 United Kingdom Corn Exchange, Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
0 matches 0 wins 0 losses
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 2-2 Japan Mitsuya Nagai KO RINGS - Mega Battle Tournament 1993: Second Round November 18, 1993 1 7:19 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Loss 1-2 Japan Yoshihisa Yamamoto Decision RINGS - Battle Dimension: Osaka Metropolitan Circuit II July 13, 1993 5 3:00 Japan Nagoya, Japan
Win 1-1 Bulgaria Vladimir Kravchuk KO RINGS - Mega Battle Tournament 1992: Semi-Finals December 19, 1992 2 1:38 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Loss 0-1 Netherlands Hans Nijman KO RINGS - Mega Battle Tournament 1992: First Round October 29, 1992 4 0:35 Japan Nagoya, Japan

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kapanadze, Eliso (11 February 2001). "The Next Round". Magticom. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Children's Dream Is to Be World Champions in Boxing". News. IRC-Georgia. Retrieved 12 October 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b Persson, Per Ake (7 July 2006). "Q & A: George Kandelaki". Interview. East Side Boxing. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  4. ^ "EBU - Affiliated Federations". EBU. Archived from the original on 20 June 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  5. ^ "Boxing Promoters!". Joe Stack. Archived from the original on 16 February 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  6. ^ Gvazava, Rusudan (7 September 2009). "The President, the World Champion and I - Lali Moroshkina reveals unknown details about Mikheil Saakashvili and her ex-sweetheart Giorgi Kandelaki". Georgian Times. Georgian Times Media Holding. Archived from the original on 24 October 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  7. ^ "BoxRec - George Kandelaki". Archived from the original on 2012-10-12.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Johnny Nelson
Relinquished
WBU Heavyweight Champion
December 21, 2002 – January 2004
Retired
Succeeded by
Matt Skelton