Michael Katsidis Regroups: Hires Jeff Fenech, Vlad Warton

By Adrian Warren

Popular boxer Michael Katsidis has recruited big names Jeff Fenech and Vlad Warton in a new-look team intended to regalvanise his career.

Katsidis ended his long-term partnership with trainer and manager Brendon Smith following his last-fight loss to Scotland's Ricky Burns last month.

The former WBO interim-lightweight champion will no longer prepare for fights in Thailand as he has for several years and will train close to his home and family in the United States.
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The 31-year-old Katsidis (28-5, 23 KOs) still has to settle on a promoter and fulltime trainer after doing some work at the gym of famous trainer Freddie Roach in California.

He was excited by ideas generated in meetings with former triple world champion and trainer Fenech and promoter Warton.

"It's about getting the best performance out of me and being able to actually bring those world titles home," Katsidis said.

"These people (Fenech and Warton) have been there and they are the ones that can make it happen.

"It won't be long before I know whether or not these two can make things happen and if they can't and it looks like it's not going to happen, I'd be very surprised."

Fenech said he thought there were a few adjustments he could make to make big-punching Katsidis a better fighter.

"I'd come over here (to America) and help him get ready for his fights," Fenech said.

Warton spent several years as promoter of Australia's former undisputed light welterweight world champion Kostya Tszyu.

"I look at acting as a manager-adviser (to Katsidis), which I've got plenty of experience with and delivering him the most out of what's left of his career," Warton said.

Katsidis wants to fight again by early April at the latest.

He hasn't ruled out accepting an offer to fight famous Mexican Erik Morales, the WBC light welterweight champion.

"That would be a great fight. It suits me to a tee and at 140 pounds I'm a lot stronger, I can hit," Katsidis said.

He didn't want to dwell on his split with Smith, preferring to look to the future.

Smith said he was proud of what he had achieved with Katsidis and wished him luck for the future.

"I'd just like to see him succeed and have a happy life," Smith said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by lest26 on 12-15-2011

i love Katsdont but after seeing him shut out by burns and Guerrero i dont think he can ever get that title, sure he will always be great to watch but just never gona be where he could have had…

Comment by spoonwars on 12-15-2011

What Katsidis needs is a better gladiator costume to revitalize his career.

Comment by -Hyperion- on 12-15-2011

at least he will learn to throw proper hooks off his sway now that he's not with smith.....he's always had that left hook(the one that dropped marquez and finished mitchell), but his right has been degrading into a horrible chicken…

Comment by -PANDA- on 12-15-2011

never been particularly impressed with fenech as a trainer...a shame kats is looking at people closer to home because he has some serious potential still

Comment by Dudley on 12-15-2011

[QUOTE=bigcursedawg;11564184]The first thing he needs to work on his his right hand.[/QUOTE] i think he needs to work on the whole package but not change him too much :/ i'm not sure dude has so much heart but lacks allot…

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