By Craig Watt
Brendon Smith, trainer and manager of Australian WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis contacted Fightnews to dispute UK newspaper reports that Katsidis was reluctant to agree a fight with current WBA 140 pound champion Amir Khan, who is pencilled to defend his title in London on 31st July at the O2 Arena. Smith stated, “We need to put the record straight here – Khan is ducking Michael, not the other way round and we are prepared to come to the UK and defeat Khan in front of his home fans. It appears that after Michael dismissed Kevin Mitchell in style these UK fighters have temporarily lost their balls…for the record, Michael Katsidis is available.”
“Richard Schaefer has talked to us about this fight and Golden Boy would love to put this fight on. Amir Khan looked impressive against Malignaggi but rest assured Katsidis is a class above and will beat Amir in his own country.
“We came to London in front of 15,000 fans for the Kevin Mitchell fight and this showed Michael’s boxing heart and boxing courage – he is a boxing warrior who wants the fight with Khan and later in the year he can take on the winner of the Juan Manuel Marquez versus Juan Diaz fight for the full WBO 135 pound title.”
It is widely reported in the UK that Joel Casamayor has been offered a lucrative $500k to come to the UK and fight Khan on July 31st.
With his impressive third round win against Kevin Mitchell last month for the interim title Katsidis is confident of creating another upset in the UK.
Smith added, “I feel sorry for the English boxing fans who would love to see this fight but are not being told the truth. Michael is ready for the fight but Khan is trying to make out that we don’t want it – he is probably scared we knock him out like we knocked Kevin Mitchell out – Amir Khan show us your balls.”