15.10.03 – On September 20, WBF superwelterweight champion Mihaly Kotai lost his undefeated record, when adjudged a 59:56 points loser after six rounds by referee Paul Thomas against Zimbabwan Farai Musiyiwa in Nottingham, England. Kotai’s record now reads 24-1 (11 KO’s) and he was cut over the left eye for the fourth fight in a row.
The aftereffects of this shock loss, as it often is, are still felt within Team Kotai and for this reason, the Hungarian’s management Fight Production, headed by German Olaf Schroeder, has released the following facts:
1. After only four fights together, which included winning the WBF crown, German trainer Theo Kerekesch has voluntarily retired from working with Kotai. Kerekesch made it clear that he cannot accept promoter Polish Boxing Promotion and Mihaly Kotai’s decision to step back in the ring on Oct. 18, just four weeks after the loss and as a consequence he retired from his post. Polish Boxing Promotion head Krzysztof Zbarski commented: “We had different views on a number of matters in our cooperation and Mihaly’s loss was in my opinion just the dot on the ‘i’.” The management of Kotai would like to thank him for his valuable input during the cooperation and full engagement and make it clear that we regret his decision, though are forced to accept it.
2. Mihaly Kotai will box in a scheduled 6-round contest on Oct. 18 at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England against former Austrian title challenger Josef Brayer, 12-6 (7 KO’s). For this fight, Kotai will be trained by Irishman Gerry Storey in Belfast. The fight will be televised to Hungary on RTL Klub.
Promoter Zbarski, manager Olaf Schroeder and, of course, Mihaly Kotai himself are looking forward to get back onto the winning track with a performance that will make people forget about the last fight and prove the loss to be nothing more than an abberation.