Michael Katsidis set for a "Great" 2013 - Interview
Michael Katsidis set for a "Great" 2013 - Interview By Daniel Smart, Doghouse Boxing (Jan 11, 2013)
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Recently I had the good fortune to sit down with former 2 x WBO interim lightweight world champion Michael “The Great” Katsidis for a chat on all things boxing, including his new partnership with famed trainer Johnny Lewis, his homecoming back to Australia, and his future aspirations heading into 2013.
Michael Katsidis is a modern day blood and guts warrior, a very likeable and personable character. His comparisons with Arturo Gatti ring true in his never say die attitude and his willingness to fight on the inside of his opponents with bad intentions. His fights with Graham Earl, Joel Casamayor, and Juan Manual Marquez were some of the greatest of the modern era. To think he came within a whisker of defeating Marquez (particularly after the Manny Pacquaio result), was something Katsidis still has in the back of his mind.
After reeling off names such as Vincente Escobedo, Robert Guerrero, Juan Diaz, Casamayor and Marquez, Katsidis was asked what was the toughest fight of his career to date. “I’d have to say Marquez, to think I went within a horse hair of beating him after I knocked him on his bum in the 3rd round, then to have him knock Manny Pacquiao out cold, I think it’s now all about being smarter, and now having the trainer I have now, I can’t see any reason why we couldn’t have that fight again, I am really excited about 2013.”
Katsidis seems genuinely excited about his matching with Australian training legend Johnny Lewis, who trained world champions Kostya Tszyu, Jeff Fenech, Jeff Harding, and Virgil Hill. “I want to be the best so I went out and got the best, it’s as simple as that. He brings a lot of wisdom to the table, he observes a lot, and is very analytical. I was only talking to him yesterday and he says we haven’t even scratched the surface yet, and we both talk about how much we’re looking forward to shocking the world, and that’s what we aim to do.”
Katsidis elaborates on how he began his foray into the square circle after being asked how he started in boxing. “I actually starting boxing to keep my brother Stathi (who sadly passed away two years ago) off me! He would do anything to win a fight! So I started boxing and working my left jab just to keep him off me!” he fondly recalls of his beloved brother.
Katsidis is excited to be again on home shores. He states that he is now based here in Australia to stay and looks forward to his upcoming fight at the Melbourne Pavilion, Australia on the 21st of February against an opponent not far away from being announced.
There is one thing I got from my conversation with Katsidis, a new found fire and enthusiasm for his profession. He sounds genuinely excited what lays ahead, the changes he has made professionally, and a sense of peace with all he has endured over the past couple of years.
“My goal is to win a 3rd world title, I am looking to fight the best in the lightweight division, I bring exciting fights and that’s what people want to see, and that 3rd world title is just going to be icing on the cake.”
Michael Katsidis is a man I would not bet against.
Footnote: A big thank you to Katsidis’ manager Glen Murray for the opportunity to interview Michael. You can tune in to FOX Sports Australia on Thursday 21st February at 7pm AEST or to be there live for all the action get your tickets from Barry Michael on PH: 0413 654999 and is brought to you by Brian Amatruda and Barry Michael Sports. -- Questions? Comments? Contact Daniel Smart: firstname.lastname@example.org
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