Former professional boxer Zsolt Erdei has resigned as the co-president of the Hungarian Boxing Association (MÖSZ), daily Magyar Nemzet reports.
Erdei competed from 2000 to 2014, and is the first boxer from Hungary to win world titles in two weight divisions. The world champion fighter was elected president of the association in April 2017, following Sándor Csötönyi.
In addition to his many sports achievements, his name is also linked to the 2018 Youth World Boxing Championships. It was under his leadership that the event suffered an enormous financial deficit, essentially bringing the organization to the brink of bankruptcy. It led to legal proceedings which resulted in the revocation of Erdei’s authority.
To put the budget in order, Fidesz MP István Bajkai was elected president in September 2019. Erdei was then appointed as co-president. Erdei handed in his resignation during the association’s board meeting on Thursday.
István Bajkai told public broadcaster M1 that Erdei’s decision had surprised him, as he was discussing the joint tasks with him personally in mid-July. Bajkai also added that he hoped Erdei only resigned from this position and they could still rely on him in the future.
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