By Craig Watt
Australian WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis believes WBA Jr-welterweight champion Amir Khan is avoiding him as an opponent for the US debut of Khan in his next fight, even thought the popular Australian has offered to move up to 140 pounds. In a statement issued through his manager Brendon Smith he stated, “I was told that Freddie Roach was willing to accept me as his next opponent for a possible March 27th fight. It is obvious he has the confidence that you can beat me. In addition, the TV networks and the promoters wanted this fight. I was told by those involved that it was Amir personally that refused the fight – the only person that didn’t want it to happen. This is surprising given I am the lightweight and prepared to move up in weight to take him on even when he recently stated his superior speed will out punch me on a scale of three to one.” American Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz recently accepted a challenge from Katsidis to meet in a revenge match up which is expected to be inked in the next few weeks. No date or venue have been set but Katsidis is prepared to fight him in his hometown of Houston, Texas.