Katsidis Targets Marquez, Jaw Checks Out Fine

By Mark Vester

WBO interim-lightweight champion Michael Katsidis thought he might have suffered a broken jaw during last Saturday's decision win over Vicente Escobedo in Las Vegas. During the twelfth round, the jaw of Katsidis was swelling bad and it almost appeared as if a baseball was in his mouth.

Trainer and manager Brendon Smith took Katsidis to the hospital and said his jaw checked out fine.

"We just took precautions and we popped him to the hospital and had a check up, everything is fine, no breaks," Smith to The Daily Telegraph. "His hands have pulled up really good."

Smith expects his fighter to return in 2010 in the United States. They are going to target a fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, the WBO's full lightweight champion. If Marquez turns Katsidis down, then the Aussie fighter would receive the status of full champion.

"I don't think the WBO will want this to drag out too long, so I am sure we will have some news in the near future," Smith said. "Michael is very television friendly with his style," Smith said. "The [Escobedo] fight went all over the world and into American cinemas and we had a very good performance. Even from El Salvador they call him 'the last action hero"'.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Iceta on 09-22-2009

JMM should be able to handle Katsidis if he has anything left and make it an exciting fight while doing it.

Comment by catalinul on 09-22-2009

Katsidis-Marquez should happen. Good fight for both guys.

Comment by noroi on 09-22-2009

Katsidis is an animal, i think its time for him to shine, he already learned his lessons in his past fights.

Comment by ABOSWORTH on 09-22-2009

[QUOTE=PAC-BOY;6154814]I take Michael Katsidis on this one. I love JMM but I wasnt impressed with his punch output[/QUOTE] You really think so? I like the idea of this fight but I think Marquez would end up taking the win. His…

Comment by -Antonio- on 09-22-2009

Kats is dangerous for Marquez. He's hard to knockout and punches well with both hands. It'll be a great fight that's for sure.

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