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Katsidis vs Marquez-Diaz Winner is Ordered By The WBO

By Rick Reeno

BoxingScene.com spoke with overjoyed boxing agent Sampson Lewkowicz. The last two months have been big for Lewkowicz's stable of fighters. Last month, Sergio Martinez pulled off an upset decision over Kelly Pavlik to capture the WBC/WBO middleweight titles. On Saturday, Lewkowicz was hit with a double-shot of success. WBO interim-lightweight champion Michael Katsidis, a betting underdog, went through previously undefeated Kevin Mitchell in three rounds before an estimated crowd of 20,000 at Upton Park. In Poland, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk won the vacant WBC cruiserweight title win an eight round TKO over Giacobbe Fragomeni.

Katsidis is now in line to fight full WBO champion Juan Manuel Marquez, who faces Juan Diaz in a pay-per-view rematch on July 31 in Las Vegas. WBO president Paco Valcarcel called Lewkowicz on Saturday afternoon to congratulate him on Katsidis' big win over Mitchell [the WBO's number one contender]. Paco said the winner of Marquez-Diaz II must fight Katsidis or face being stripped.

"I am very proud of Michael and Krysztof. I was very confident they would win and now we are looking for the big fights. I received a call from Paco of the WBO and he said the winner of Marquez-Diaz must fight Michael or they will be stripped. If Marquez wins, I hope what Katsidis did to Mitchell will not scare him off," Lewkowicz told BoxingScene.com.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kymira on 05-17-2010

I still dont know how baby bull get these big fights after consecutive losses (and yes im counting the paulie fight twice)

Comment by Tongva on 05-16-2010

Marquez is a p4p fighter. Juan Diaz and Casamayor both KOed by Marquez and both beat Katsidis. Marquez don't waste your time, get another big payday

Comment by Mr Reality on 05-16-2010

JMM should fight the weakest belt holder at Lightweight ala....Pacquiao.:bottle:

Comment by Mr Reality on 05-16-2010

[QUOTE=ThePunchingBag;8390240]Marquez is gonna get old soon. At this point in his career after so many wars, he can only go downhill. Maybe he'll beat Diaz, but I don't see him beating Katsidis at all. We'll know for sure whether Marquez…

Comment by ThePunchingBag on 05-16-2010

Marquez is gonna get old soon. At this point in his career after so many wars, he can only go downhill. Maybe he'll beat Diaz, but I don't see him beating Katsidis at all. We'll know for sure whether Marquez…

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