News August 2018

Katsidis continues sad comeback plots May return


By Michael J Jones

LAST Friday (March 20th) in Flemington, Victoria, former lightweight star Michael Katsidis continued his sad comeback with a six-round points victory. The man who brought us countless thrillers in the 2000's, beat a 12-6-2 fighter named Rodynie Rafol by scores of 59-55 and two scores of 58-56.

Katsidis is now 34-years-old and returned from a two year break early last year. He had previously retired in February 2013 following a abnormality on a CAT scan. The exciting Aussie had said he was to quit boxing to pursue a career in broadcasting but made his comeback with two wins in 2014.

After beating former victim Graham Earl by landslide decision the comebacking Katsidis was matched with dangerous Tommy Coyle in Hull last October and was savagely knocked out in just two rounds. The Rafol victory was his first fight since the Coyle drubbing.

The fighter nicknamed “The Great” improves his record to 31-7 (24) and is pencilled to return to Flemington on May 22nd for his next bout.

Katsidis turned professional in 2001 and won the WBO Interim belt against Graham Earl in a fantastic battle in 2007. Both men were down but the Australian puncher was simply too strong with Earl being retired by his corner after five rounds.

The lightweight contender would lose his WBO Interim belt in another thriller to Cuban Joel Casamoyer the following year before being defeated in world title bouts against Juan Manuel Marquez and Ricky Burns. Before his retirement he had slipped to defeat in four of his last five contests.

Katsidis always took plenty of punishment even at his peak, the slowed down version, without the big punch and reflexes of old, is potentially an accident waiting to happen. He will have to carefully matched but with his name it's inevitable he'll get thrown to a young lion again at some point...

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