By Craig Watt
Australian lightweight WBO interim champion Michael Katsidis has re-affirmed his desire to take on the full WBO champion Juan Manuel Marquez in his next bout after he rests in Las Vegas following the birth of his new daughter Kalia Rose who was born last week. Negotiations are continuing for a bout with WBO champion Juan Manuel Marquez, who must fight Katsidis or relinquish his title. Katsidis’ manager Brendon Smith met with Oscar De La Hoya, who heads Golden Boy Promotions, in the United States last week with the aim of making the fight a reality.
Media reports have suggested Marquez may fight Englishman Ricky Hatton, but Smith said Katsidis’ sole focus was on fighting the Mexican.
“Our total focus is on Juan Manuel Marquez and we’re not looking at any other opponent whatsoever,” Smith said. “He must fight Michael. If he selects to fight any other opponent he will be stripped of the title and we’re very confident the WBO will honour the decision made at their convention to take that action if Marquez opts out of fighting Michael.
“We want the world to know, we want Marquez.”
While Katsidis is becoming accustomed to the sleepless nights parenthood brings he believes the birth of his daughter will only improve his professional career.
“Everyone told me it would be a life-changing experience and it’s definitely given me a new lease on life,” Katsidis said. “I think it’s something that will be great for my career. It can only make me even more dedicated because there is a lot more for me to fight for now.”
Next year is shaping up as an even bigger year for the WBO interim lightweight world champion from Toowoomba, Queensland.