Georgi Kandelaki

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Georgi Kandelaki
Born 10 April 1974
Boxing record
Total fights 24
Wins 24
Wins by KO 18
Losses 0
Draws 0

Georgi Kandelaki (Georgian: გიორგი კანდელაკი) (born April 10, 1974 in Variani, Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union) is a former boxer 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. He is of Caucasus Greek descent.

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 boxing[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.

Professional boxing[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]

After boxing[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 the World Champion of the book The President, the World Champion and I by Lali Moroshkina.[6]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

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 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 1-2 Japan Yoshihisa Yamamoto Decision RINGS - Battle Dimension: Osaka Metropolitan Circuit II July 13, 1993 5 3:00 Nagoya, Japan
Win 1-1 Bulgaria Vladimir Kravchuk KO RINGS - Mega Battle Tournament 1992: Semi-Finals December 19, 1992 2 1:38 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 0-1 Netherlands Hans Nijman KO RINGS - Mega Battle Tournament 1992: First Round October 29, 1992 4 0:35 Nagoya, Japan


  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. 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. 

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