Michael Katsidis, Brendon Smith End Career Long Pact

By Phil D. Jay

Michael Katsidis and Brendon Smith have parted ways after a twenty-year association in which the pair claimed two WBO interim world lightweight titles, competed in the Olympics and fought around the world with great success.

Smith, who trained and managed Katsidis since he was eleven year-old, believes the relationship came to a natural end following the defeat to Ricky Burns at Wembley Arena earlier this month and will move on to pastures new following the amicable split.

"I'm very proud in playing a major role in working with Michael in helping him achieve not only one world title but two, and helping him defend those titles in the world (boxing) capital of Vegas," Smith told

"What an incredible journey we had. It's been a wonderful, tough and enjoyable journey. All good things do come to an end."

Katsidis, 31, is now set to base himself in the United States for the remainder of his boxing career and has already had contact from Oscar De La Hoya about joining him at Golden Boy Promotions next year.

"It was one of the hardest decisions of my life (to leave Smith)," explained Katsidis.

"I first walked in to his tin shed, when it didn't even have a roof, when I was 11 years old.

"For the best part of 20 years we've worked together and we've gone as far as we can go now," he added.

"We've been through everything and the main thing I wanted to get out now I'm ready to comment and the main thing I would say is if anyone wants to get a world title, Brendon is the bloke."

‘The Great’ has built up a reputation as an all-action fighter and there will be promoters queuing up to take on the rugged Aussie - with De La Hoya making a shrewd move to get in their first as Katsidis still has plenty to offer the boxing world.

Phil D. Jay covers the boxing scene for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Thickear on 11-25-2011

[QUOTE=Carlos Alberto;11469718] The human head is not meant to take repeated blows to the head[/QUOTE] Where else would it take them?

Comment by jjbj2 on 11-24-2011

Katsidis is doing all the right moves. It was a good decision to move on.

Comment by Reloaded on 11-24-2011

[QUOTE=wazaa.;11469347]Even though I respect Smith, IMO Katsidis should have ditched him a long time ago. Immediately after the Diaz fight to be precise. I think Goossen would be a good trainer for Katsidis.[/QUOTE] I agree , Smith is a terrible…

Comment by -Hyperion- on 11-24-2011

Katsidis looked like a spent bullet in his last fight.....he needed to ditch smith....but he also needs a long break.....maybe he'll come back better than he is now if he gives himself some rest(see erik morales...) i think marquez and…

Comment by Carlos Alberto on 11-24-2011

First thing first: Katsidis has never been a world champion. Period! Second: I've said it before and I'll say it again, Michael needs to retire. The amount of punishment that he takes (even when he wins) is beyond acceptable. The…

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