Katsidis eyes bigger fights

Australia’s Michael Katsidis, whose action fights over the past several years are the stuff of legend, has won two fights this year in a comeback from a two-year retirement.

Although Katsidis won both fights handily, scoring a third-round knockout of Eddy Comaro in March and a 12-round decision in a rematch with Graham Earl (their brawl in 2007 is incredible) on July 4, neither opponent posed much danger.

But with two comeback fights in the books, Katsidis, fighting at junior welterweight, is hunting better game.

Katsidis (30-6, 24 KOs), 33, has his eye on any of the following fights: former lightweight titleholders Juan Diaz or Brandon Rios and England’s Derry Mathews.

"All three of these fights are an interest to us," said Brendon Smith, Katsidis’ manager and trainer. "I have had positive discussions with the Diaz and Mathews camps. Michael has always had a burning desire for a rematch with Juan Diaz. We felt Michael won the first fight and feel that the rematch would be another great fight."

Diaz outpointed Katsidis by split decision in a 2008 lightweight bout in Diaz’s hometown of Houston.

Rios, who beat Diego Chaves by ninth-round disqualification on Saturday night, is now at welterweight.

"Obviously, styles make fights, and a fight between Brandon Rios and Michael Katsidis has classic written all over it,” Smith said. “This would be a great fight and one that needs to be made for the fans. There is also a lot of interest in a fight with Derry Mathews. Michael is known as 'The Brit Basher' and Derry Mathews is another good British fighter Michael would like on his résumé."

Smith said regardless of whom Katsidis fights next, he will return to action in October.