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Katsidis' Plan: I Hope To Fight Erik Morales, Amir Khan

By Laine Clark

Some of the biggest names in boxing are in two-time world champion Michael Katsidis' sights.

But the person that counts most to Toowoomba-bred Katsidis won't be at his first fight in Australia in five years.

However, Katsidis reckons he has finally come to terms with the tragic death of his jockey champion brother Stathi as he prepares to breathe new life into his boxing career.

Katsidis, 30, is hopeful of luring the world's best Down Under after a victory over junior welterweight Michael Lozada on the Gold Coast on Saturday night - including Mexican superstar Erik Morales and British gun Amir Khan.

But the name that kept coming up with Katsidis on Friday was that of his late brother.

Ten months after his sibling's tragic death, Katsidis says he has only just come to terms with the loss after being reunited with family and friends ahead of a rare bout in Australia.

"That's the sad thing, every time I fought in Australia he would be standing behind me holding up my belt, yelling and cheering, staring down the opponent," Katsidis said of his brother.

"This time he is not going to be there, but I feel he is going to be with me.

"That's the thing about being back here in Australia, I am with family and I am better to deal with it.

"This is going to be a milestone as far as my career is concerned."

It may well be - Katsidis (27-4 record, 22 KOs) is hoping the bout against Mexico's Lozada (38-8-1, 30 KOs) proves he has a future in junior welterweight, and its superstars, after moving up a division.

"He is a big puncher. For me it is very important that I can handle that power at this weight division and I have to learn too that my punches are as effective at the higher weight," Katsidis said of Lozada.

"Because the guys I would fight in the future - Amir Khan, Erik Morales who have called me out on numerous occasions - I have to know if I can handle it, so this is going to be a good test.

"With a good win this weekend there will be many more superstars on our home soil."

The two-time WBO interim lightweight world champion is looking to re-establish himself after two straight defeats.

Katsidis refused to postpone last November's fight with WBA and WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez, held just weeks after his brother's death.

He not only lost to Marquez but also his next world title fight to American Robert Guerrero in April.

But the Australian appears to have shrugged off the losses after taking an uncharacteristic approach to the Gold Coast bout.

"Normally we go to Thailand and isolate ourselves from the media then push yourself as far as you can go before you get sick," he said.

"But here I am training hard but opening it up to the public and the media - it is great, I am thriving on it.

"After going through so much in the last 12 months this is like a walk in the park."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by shenmue on 08-13-2011

Kats just won by 3rd round Body shot KO.

Comment by any craic lad? on 08-13-2011

Still would not mind seeing Soto Kats since both have moed up.Kats has gotten a bad beating in his last 2 but its not like Soto has been fighting atgs in his previous fights

Comment by BennyST on 08-13-2011

[QUOTE=Southpawology;10980916]actually thinking about it, if kats beats lozada and if morales loses to mattyhsse...kats vs morales really isnt all that bad of a fight, it would definitely be a war and would make for a good undercard fight.[/QUOTE] Kats vs…

Comment by Southpawology on 08-13-2011

[QUOTE=mshap;10980185]Katsidis needs to re-establish credibility at this point before he starts thinking about fighting top-tier guys -- has basically been exposed in his last couple of fights[/QUOTE] actually thinking about it, if kats beats lozada and if morales loses to…

Comment by any craic lad? on 08-13-2011

Ill never stop shouting for Kats but Khan would make mince meat of him

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