AUSTRALIAN road warrior Michael Katsidis (30-6, 24 KOs) will look to make a successful return to the lightweight world ratings when he challenges IBF International lightweight champion Tommy Coyle on October 25th in Hull, England.
In the midst of a training camp for another high-profile fight, Katsidis took time out of his busy schedule to be interviewed by Aus-Boxing’s own Dan Smart. In their interview, they talk Katsidis’ future, his partnership with trainer/manager Brendon Smith and much more.
Dan Smart: Welcome to Aus-Boxing, Michael. It’s great to see you back in the ring and firing on all cylinders. You have just announced a big fight in the UK against rising British star Tommy Coyle for the IBF International Lightweight Title in October, what can you tell the Aus-Boxing fans about your opponent and what it means to fight again at world championship level?
Michael Katsidis: I don’t watch too much on my opponents, I respect my opponents regardless. The only thing that matters to me is what he does on the night and the rest doesn’t concern me. There are things that trainer’s do and things that fighter’s do and my job is to do the fighting.
DS: You now have two wins since coming off a long spell, how has it been since re-joining forces with trainer Brendon Smith?
MK: I have known and worked with Brendon since the age of eleven. I believe a big part in the success of any fighter is his team. The fighter is who he chooses to surround himself with. I’m very happy with the company I’m keeping.
If something isn’t broken then don’t fix it. We had it right before and we obviously have it right this time having won a title in just my second fight back.
DS: Your last fight with old foe Graham Earl, how did you feel during that fight and how did you rate your performance?
MK: I was happy with my performance because I showed the ability to box. At the beginning of the fight I could see how the first fight turned out the way it did however I chose a smarter path and got the win in a twelve round points decision which any boxing enthusiast that could appreciate the sport was pleased to see.
I needed the twelve rounds under my belt also seeing that I knew it wasn’t to be too long before the biggest names began calling to challenge to fight me for the reputation I have earned in the ring.
DS: When do you go into camp for the Coyle fight and if you win, does it open the doors yet again for a shot at a world crown?
MK: The world of boxing is an endless road of possibilities. I don’t worry and I don’t look past the next fight ahead of me. I’m just two fights back from a two year spell. Rome wasn’t built in a day so I have work to do.
DS: What has coming back to Australia to live and train meant to you and do you think it helps you mentally to go through the daily grind of being a world championship prizefighter?
MK: It’s hard to answer that question when I see the inside of those four ropes being the same all over the world. I guess that’s something I have in my favour. I don’t care if there is one person watching or 20,000 screaming opposing fans in England.
I get in there and I do the business. As my comeback grows so will I and my camps may or may not change accordingly.
Words: Dan Smart