By Luke Furman
Junior welterweight Michael Katsidis (28-6, 23KOs) has received a very bad medical verdict after having MRI and CAT scans conducted in Sydney. The boxer, 32, has now withdrawn from a planned fight on February 21 in Melbourne. He is likely going to retire.
The exact details of the medical examination have not been revealed. Katsidis took a bad beating in several fights and lost four of his last five.
Katsidis' trainer Johnny Lewis told The Daily Telegraph.
"Michael was crying over this news," Lewis said. "It's heartbreaking. He wants to speak to his family first before announcing anything but really I'm glad the tests have stopped him fighting before something really bad happened."
"Boxing is a tough sport and it's no good taking chances with your health. Michael is a great bloke with a wife and young daughter and he has so much in his life to be happy about even though this chapter of his boxing career is closing."
Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org.