Kat on a Hot Tin Roof

By Robert Ecksel on February 12, 2013
Kat on a Hot Tin Roof
"I'm glad the tests have stopped him fighting before something really bad happened."


The principals are keeping mum as to specifics, but it looks like the career of Michael Katsidis (28-6, 23 KOs) may be at an end.

The Kat with nine lives recently returned to his native Australia in the belief that a change of scenery would do him good. The former lightweight champion had a Feb. 21 fight lined up with 16-5 Weng Haya in Melbourne. However, a pre-fight MRI and CT scan conducted in Sydney were worse than anyone expected; apparently much worse.

“Unfortunately I have had to pull out of my fight on Feb 21st,” wrote Katidis on his Facebook page. “I have a story to tell and I will be telling it, but right now I need to talk with my family, management as well as medical staff. Thanks for your support and understanding.”

Johnny Lewis, Katsidis’ trainer, was equally vague and told The Daily Telegraph, “Michael was crying over this news. It’s heartbreaking. He wants to speak to his family first before announcing anything, but really I’m glad the tests have stopped him fighting before something really bad happened.

“Boxing is a tough sport and it’s no good taking chances with your health. Michael is a great bloke with a wife and young daughter and he has so much in his life to be happy about even though this chapter of his boxing career is closing.”

It’s a good thing Katsidis is getting out of boxing in one piece. Life after boxing exists, despite evidence to the contrary. Hopefully Katsidis embraces that life and leaves the ring and its charms behind him.

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  1. Robert Ecksel 08:04pm, 02/14/2013

    Thank you pugknows. I appreciate that.

  2. pugknows 10:10am, 02/14/2013

    Excellent job, Robert

  3. raxman 04:32pm, 02/13/2013

    the diaz war between casamayor and jmm ko’s is more than anyone could take. what a warrior though. i’m proud not only to be his countryman but also to support a sport that can produce such a great sportsman. my favourite element re kat was his refusal to tie up, even when hurt. i think against JMM, it wasn’t til about the 6th or 7th round that they clinched - the ref was barely needed for them to split.  the above losses i can accept, as i can the one ricky burns but i will never forgive that russell mora (for numerous instances of course but mostly) bad enough he stopping MK body attack but to penalize with points taken almost has the scent of corruption. katsidis’ attack to guerrero mid section was not only legally on the belt line but was beginning to turn the tide. i feel guerrero was exposed in that fight for having weak soft parts. I bet we see another side of floyd when they meet in may: floyd the body puncher. i see a load of straight rights at the centre mass and maybe even left hooks to the liver; but i digress. its a crying shame post JMM that Katsidis didn’t just take it easy - be the main undercard attraction on JMM, Floyd, and Pac level PPV fights. he’d remain a crowd favourite not matter whom he fought so he could’ve been matched with more appropriate opponents; either euro level fighters like the kind he beat in K Mitchell and G Earl if world class looking to fight a gate keeper they should’ve been the light handed variety . but alas that was not to be.

  4. the thresher 07:24am, 02/12/2013

    By bleeding, I mean signs of old bleeding.

    BTW, nice blog Robert!

  5. the thresher 07:16am, 02/12/2013

    The Kat was a rare one and his warrior-like style was his undoing. You simply can’t take that kind of punishment without reaping something bad. I’ll be interested in seeing what it is. Maybe something like what Joe Mesi had. Signs of brain bleeding come to mind. Anything worse would require immediate medical attention.

  6. Pete The Sneak 05:51am, 02/12/2013

    “He wants to speak to his family first before announcing anything, but really I’m glad the tests have stopped him fighting before something really bad happened.”

    That pretty much tells it all. If it’s the end for Michael Kat, he will be truly missed. Always gave his all and was one tough Aussie, man… Dude always put it out there. A true fight fans fighter. Champ, thanks for the great fights and I wish you nothing but super success in everything you do from here on in. Peace.

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