by David P. Greisman
Prosecutors in Australia dropped a drug charge against Michael Katsidis after the former lightweight contender pleaded guilty to one count of "failing to give particulars to police," according to the Gold Coast Bulletin.
The 35-year-old has an Aug. 16 court date for two other charges related to his December arrest: obstructing police and a driving offense, the report said. The article did not indicate what drug Katsidis was accused of possessing.
Last year, he pleaded guilty to having a methamphetamine pipe. In 2014, Katsidis was accused of burglary after allegedly breaking into a house in late July, according to a report at the time in Australia’s Fraser Coast Chronicle. That charge was later dropped.
Katsidis returned in March 2014 after about two years out of the ring, scoring a third-round technical knockout over some dude named Eddy Comaro. He then won a rematch with Graham Earl, lost via second-round stoppage to Tommy Coyle, and had his final appearance in a March 2015 fight with Rodynie Rafol, winning a six-round unanimous decision.
He is 31-7 with 24 KOs. His record includes wins over Jesus Chavez and Vicente Escobedo, and losses to Joel Casamayor, Juan Diaz, Juan Manuel Marquez, Robert Guerrero, Ricky Burns and Albert Mensah. He had been the WBO’s interim titleholder at 135 twice.
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