The Kat’s Last Meow

By Ted Sares on June 15, 2012
The Kat’s Last Meow
Michael Katsidis has given us some great thrills, but this time he has picked the wrong guy

Michael “The Great” Katsidis, who now lives in Henderson, Nevada, will fight Darley Perez (25-0) in Cabazon, California on Friday night August 10. It will be televised on ESPN.

Katsidis has given us some great thrills during his career, but this time he has picked the wrong guy. Michael has lost four of his last five. In the process, he fought two Mexicans, an Englishman (Ricky Burns), a Ghanaian (Albert Mensah), and an American (Robert Guerrero) and each was teak tough except for Michael Lozada (38-8-1). Perhaps his high point in these fights was when he decked the great Juan Manuel Marquez in round three before being brutally counterpunched into submission.

Over the years, few fighters have gone up against such a high level of opposition. Michael’s opponents have included Argentinean Sergio Liendo (62-20-3), Thai Kongthawat Sorkitti (42-19-1), Colombian Guillermo Mosquerra (38-6-1), Graham Earl in a true classic, Filipino Czar Amonsot in another classic, a still viable Joel Casamayor (35-3-1), world champion Juan Diaz (33-1), Spaniard Angel Hugo Ramirez (19-4-2), former world champion Jesus Chavez (44-4), rugged Vincente Escobedo (21-1), and “Mighty” Kevin Mitchell (31-0).

However, the fact that he has fought such notables coupled with his style of absorbing punishment in order to mete out punishment has taken a heavy toll, and Darley Perez will now serve as the toll collector. Perez is a boxer/puncher from Colombia who uses stinging combos, great ring generalship, and power generated by his hand speed to beat his opponents. He also is a superb counterpuncher and this strength will eventually stop the all-action, incoming Kat. Darley will feed off of The Great’s aggression and lack of concern for his welfare in the manner of Juan Manuel Marquez.

One other thing, Perez is not a typical Colombian. His last four fights have been in California, and he had two others in Florida. While his level opposition does not stack up to Michael’s, he has managed to win 19 of his 25 by stoppage. In fact, back in 2009, he fought Argentinean Patricio Antonio Pedrero (20-1-1) for the vacant WBA Fedalatin lightweight title and won by first round TKO. If Darley has a weakness, it might be that he has fought 99 rounds compared to Katsidis’s 204. But therein is the rub, for Michael has never fought a round in which he did not take two to return three.

The native Aussie has reminded us at times of Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward; he has always given us 110%, but all good things must come to an end and that’s what will happen at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa on August 10. By the way, I hope I am wrong.

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  1. The Thresher 06:21am, 06/17/2012

    Sorry laddie.

  2. Paul Tobin 12:58am, 06/17/2012

    Burns is Scottish not English

  3. The Thresher 05:58pm, 06/16/2012

    Well said, rax

  4. raxman 05:51pm, 06/16/2012

    nice one ted. I’ve always known that Kat was going to break my boxing fan heart and i too fear that this is it. I once wrote of Kat being a true gatekeeper and how the term has become an insult instead of how it should be thought of; but now Kat has gone past gatekeeper to journeyman and now i think - although i hate the term - tomato can.  Katsidis should have left Brendan Smith after the diaz fight (if you want to talk about disgraceful judging that was it - for diaz won that fight in dominant fashion ) where smith did a terrible job with his instructions.
    and there is even more to fear if he wins this fight - because then he’s bound to be put as fodder for one of the champs at 135 or 140 and that would be bad,
    if kat is to keep fighting he should be content fighting in the same talent pool - surely the right match ups could earn him good paydays, perhaps fighting on the undercards of some of the big ppv fights - every fight fan loves to watch him but we equally want he safe and i think he would be ok if he were to fight the john murrays or rematch mitchell - that sort of euro level fighter; but not champion, and not young hungry bangers.

  5. The Thresher 02:50pm, 06/16/2012

    JOHN, You did damn well. You have nothing to feel badly about.

  6. The Thresher 02:49pm, 06/16/2012


  7. johnwriter60 08:14am, 06/16/2012

    me thinks it better a fighter fall early in his career. not slaughtered, mind you, but dropped a peg or 2, to get a taste of the wild side.  then, with heart (if he still has it) and hunger to be more than what is, there is a greater will to win; a greater need to prove himself…just theory, mind you. would I have had it in me to persist after losing right off? will never know, yes?

  8. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo 07:34am, 06/16/2012

    Ted Sares-I was just saying that would probably be a better career move than this fight…..besides I think we both know that Greeks seem to have the magic touch (actually the work ethic) to make it in the food and beverage industry.

  9. The Thresher 06:45am, 06/16/2012

    I have relatives and friends in Henderson. Is the Kat really going to open an eatery? Hope it’s not an Outback for Christ Sakes. How about something like The Dingo or The Kat’s Meow.

  10. The Thresher 04:59am, 06/16/2012

    Agreed guys. Perez is one of my favorite new fighters and has champion written all over him. The Kat’s people made a terrible mistake here. It could be—and probably wiill be—-very painful to watch.

  11. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo 04:22am, 06/16/2012

    Memo to Michael: I’d much rather hear about a grand opening of your new restaurant in Henderson than this…..these people that are making these matches are not your friends!

  12. MIKE SCHMIDT 01:06am, 06/16/2012

    Sat ringside with legendary trainer Kenny Adams for Kat’s last fight—same deal same style is what we both saw—some guys fighting sprite, new trainer and all just will not let them change—absorbing wayyyyy too many shots with the heart of a lion—win or lose Ted he just takes way too much punishment—you have to love his fighting sprite but gotta move the head, etc etc

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