By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing: On April 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada, former WBO lightweight champion Michael Katsidis, who reminds many boxing fans of the late Arturo Gatti, will be back in action against Albert Mensah (24-3, 10 KOs) on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.
Katsidis (28-5, 23 KOs) is coming off a loss in his last go around.
Ricky Burns outboxed the Aussie native over 12-rounds last November in a
lightweight (135 pounds) bout. Katsidis, 31, is moving up five pounds
to the 140-pound division. His one fight at the junior welterweight
limit produced an impressive third round knockout of respectable Michael
In Mensah, he faces an unknown quantity.
“I do not know a lot about Mensah,” said Katsidis a few days ago from
his training camp in Los Angeles. “With the African fighters you don’t
ever know what you are going to get. From my experience at this level of
boxing, it is always best to expect the unexpected.”
Mensah, 29, is a slick boxer who has never faced anyone with the reputation of Katsidis.
The Ghana native is on a 15-fight winning streak.
“This is the sport I am in,” Katsidis said. “I am about doing the
business and leaving nothing to chance. I’m going to go as far as I
believe I can go. I will be victorious.”
Training camp can often be a bore and a chore for a fighter. However,
Katsidis feels that this camp has been the best of his 10-year career.
“This has been a great training camp, with some great changes to my
routine,” said Katsidis. “The best factor is being able to see my family
at the end of each day, and being able to spend quality time with my
daughter on my days off.”
With a victory, Katsidis jumps right into the middle of the 140-pound division.
Whom would he like to fight next?
“It is just a matter of doing the math,” Katsidis said.” It could be a
HBO fight of the year with Juan Manuel Marquez, a rematch. That fight is
very likely to happen. There’s Zab Judah, who just won Number 1
contention for IBF title, Danny Garcia who recently defeated Eric
Morales. Amir Khan has flirted with the idea of a match on numerous
Katsidis added, “With Pacquiao and a lot of the big stars campaigning at
my weight and above, I believe any of these fights are a reality of
happening soon, including Pacquiao himself particularly after I make my
statement in the 140-pound division.”
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