Michael Katsidis has arrived in the UK – and says he can’t wait to batter Kevin Mitchell in front of his own fans. The Aussie met the press today dressed in his full ancient Greek warrior outfit – a nod to his Mediterranean heritage – ahead of his May 15 clash with Mitchell at Upton Park live on Sky Sports HD1. Katsidis’ Interim WBO world lightweight title will be on the line in the east end, and he says he’s not going home without it.
“West Ham may have stayed up in the Premiership, but I’ll be relegating Mitchell to an also ran next weekend,” he said. “I’m so happy to be back in the UK. I’ve got so many happy memories of London, especially as it was here that I beat Graham Earl and really burst on to the scene.
“This time I’m really looking forward to shutting Mitchell up. All I’ve read for weeks are his comments in the press calling me an old man and telling everyone how he is going to beat me up. Well I’ve got a message for him – ‘Your dead meat mate’. I’m a true gladiator and I’m going to serve up Mitchell’s head on a plate next weekend. The fight is going to be the bloodiest of the year in the UK, but it’s Mitchell who is going to feel the pain and not me.”
“I even asked promoter Frank Warren to stage a press conference for tomorrow so I could look Mitchell in the eye and tell him that I’m going to break his heart on May 15. We’ve not come face to face yet, but when we do he’s going to realise that he’s bitten off more than he can chew.”
‘Hammer Time’ is headlined by Kevin Mitchell’s challenge for the WBO Interim World Lightweight Championship against Michael Katsidis. A quality packed undercard includes the British Heavyweight Championship between Danny Williams and Derek Chisora; Olympic Gold medallist James DeGale challenges for the first title in his career – the WBA International Super-Middleweight Championship; and Britain’s hottest young prospects Frankie Gavin, Billy Joe Saunders, Ricky Burns, Matthew Hall, Liam, Michael and Ryan Walsh, Vinny Mitchell, George Michael Carmen, Freddie Turner and Craig Evans.