After losing two consecutive bouts last year, Michael "The Great" Katsidis finally bounces back Saturday night winning against Angel Ramirez to claim the WBO Asia-Pacific Lightweight Championship.
The first few rounds saw Katsidis chasing the slick Spaniard, Ramirez throughtout the ring. Eventually Katsidis was able to land hard right and left hooks sending Ramirez to the canvass four times. Once in the second round and thrice in the fourth round but Katsidis seemed unable to finish off Ramirez.
With the latter even connecting some decisive punches that caught Katsidis right on his face, at times Katsidis looks wild, his punches are wide but inspite of it Katsidis was the aggressor in the full 10 rounds fighting like a workhorse and stunning his opposition consistently until the final bell rang.
After the fight, The Katsidis camp is now bragging about a future showdown with P4P king Manny Pacquiao that could definitely give Katsidis an opportunity to achieved boxing immortality. To say the least Katsidis is still raw for the better half of the Pacquiao brothers. If the likes of Czar Amonsot and Graham Earl could inflict severe damage to him, what more if it's Pacquiao.
The fight also highlighted Katsidis lack of defense or no defense at all style which was always his problem all throughtout his career as a boxer.
A more realistic proposition would be a bout with any tough lightweight contender with a surname of Diaz, preferably David Diaz or Julio Diaz but a rematch with Juan Diaz and Joel Casamayor still remains as an option.
After that, who knows? He might hit the jackpot and end up fulfilling his dream to fight Pacquiao but for now he must first prove himself in the lightweight waters.