Katsidis Aims To Continue UK Streak With Ricky Burns

By Adrian Warren

The scourge of British boxers, Australian Michael Katsidis is poised to scuttle the hopes of Scotland's former WBO super featherweight world champion Ricky Burns in a November lightweight world title fight.

The Queensland fighter's manager and trainer Brendon Smith told AAP he had reached a verbal agreement with the management of Burns for a WBO interim lightweight fight on November 5.

Smith said he has received a written contract and just had to finalize a few details before formally committing to the bout.

While there was talk the fight would land in Glasgow, Smith said the fight will take place at Wembley Arena in London.

Two-times WBO interim lightweight world champion Katsidis (28-4, 23 KOs) has already claimed a couple of notable scalps in British rings.

He stopped Englishman Graham Earl in five rounds in a memorable WBO interim lightweight world title war in London in 2007, which was widely regarded as the best fight of that year.

Katsidis then demolished previously unbeaten Kevin Mitchell in three rounds in London in May 2010, when Burns appeared on the undercard in his last bout before winning his WBO title.

A rematch with Mitchell mooted for next month appears to have come to nothing, though Smith said it was not for lack of interest on his fighter's part.

Although Burns 32-2 (9 KOs) has a modest KO percentage, Smith stressed that wasn't a true indicator of the Scot's ability and punching prowess.

Burns, 28, dethroned Roman Martinez despite being knocked down in the first round and went on to make three successful defences.

He has won 17 consecutive fights stretching over four years.

Should the proposed bout with Burns not proceed, Smith revealed Katsidis could fight Mexico's former WBC lightweight and super featherweight world champion Humberto Soto (56-7-2, 33 KOs).

Katsidis is back working in his training camp in Thailand.

The 31-year-old Australian fought at light welterweight in his most recent bout against Mexican Michael Lozada, who he stopped in three rounds on the Gold Coast in August.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 09-26-2011

[QUOTE=PRBOXINGCOTTO;11208903]Kats stops burns wack ass in 9[/QUOTE] Burns' wack ass outclassed your PR hope Martinez :lol1:

Comment by lest26 on 09-26-2011

I think Katsidis will make light work of Burns, he is a cut above him and Burns just aint gona be able to handle him, cant wait to see it though gota love a true warrior like Kats

Comment by alza1988 on 09-26-2011

Burns beat Graham Earl when he was 22-0 and a big underdog at short notice I read :boxing: Styles make fights lets see how Burn's does at lightweight .He was supposed to be a lightwelterweight in the amatuers .

Comment by Drunk Punch on 09-25-2011

I like Ricky Burns but how will he keep Katsidis off him? He has no power and Katsidis will relish just walking through his punches and then unloading. I think Burns made a big mistake dropping his title to avoid…

Comment by Onekrazyrican on 09-25-2011

I like Burns, he won me as a fan in the Rocky Martinez fight. I also like how his fans support him. It reminds me of the days when a puerto rican fighter didnt have to be a top 10…

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