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August, 2, 2013
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
Chris Cozzone/FightWireImages.com All-action fighter Michael Katsidis is ready to climb into the ring for one more fight.
Lightweight Michael Katsidis was one of the most exciting action fighters of the era. Time and again, he was in dramatic slugfests.
In 2007 and 2008, he had three consecutive fight of the year contenders in interim lightweight title bouts -- winning a ridiculous fight with Graham Earl by a fifth-round knockout in England, a bloody unanimous decision against Czar Amonsot in Las Vegas (in which Amonsot suffered a brain injury) and a 10th-round knockout loss to Joel Casamayor in a mayhem-filled bout in Cabazon, Calif.
There were other grueling fights, such as a decision loss to Juan Diaz and a knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, whom he dropped hard and nearly knocked out.
The brutal battles took their toll, however, and Katsidis lost four of his last five fights, including what we all thought would be his final bout, a decision to Albert Mensah in an April 2012 junior welterweight bout that headlined an ESPN2 card.
Although Katsidis never formally retired, there was a lot of chatter that he had gotten a bad medical report, forcing him to call it quits.
But now, according to The Chronicle newspaper in his hometown of Toowoomba, Australia, Katsidis (28-6, 23 KOs), who turns 33 this month, is looking for one more fight and has reunited with former manager/trainer Brendon Smith to help make it happen. Katsidis and Smith split after a decision loss to Ricky Burns in 2011, the fight before the Mensah bout.
According to the report, Katsidis is eyeing a possible farewell fight in his hometown, where he has not fought since a first-round knockout victory against Guillermo Mosquera in 2006. Although Katsidis has business interests and a clothing line that he is looking after, boxing isn’t out of his system just yet.
“I'm clear to fight. My health is a No. 1 priority. I've got a little daughter now,” Katsidis told the paper. “I'm in the transition period of my career now as I begin moving into the business world, but I want to give back something to Toowoomba and my fans. I want to fight again and go out on my terms. This is where I want to have my send-off. I believe I've achieved everything I can in boxing but I just want to fight again.”
There is no date or opponent yet.