- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Perhaps it’s not the best idea ever, but Michael Katsidis, one of the most exciting action fighters of the past 20 years, is making a comeback.
Katsidis, the former longtime lightweight contender (and former interim titlist), has reunited with longtime trainer and manager Brendon Smith, whom he split with two years ago, for the return.
Smith announced that he and Katsidis, 33, signed a two-year deal on Christmas Eve. The plan, Smith said, is for Katsidis to be back in the ring in March.
Australia’s Katsidis (28-6, 23 KOs) has lost four of his past five fights and not fought since a 10-round majority decision loss to Albert Mensah in an ESPN2 junior welterweight main event in April 2012.
But during his heyday, Katsidis was as exciting as any fighter in the business. In 2007 and 2008, he had three consecutive fight-of-the-year contenders in interim lightweight title bouts. He won a ridiculous slugfest with Graham Earl by 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 also, such as a decision loss to Juan Diaz and a ninth-round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, whom he dropped hard and nearly knocked out in their 2009 battle.