We met Greek-Australian professional boxer Michael Katsidis a few hours before his big fight against Albert Mensah. In an exclusive interview with the Greek Reporter, Katsidis speaks about his upcoming fight, his boxing start, his daughter and his lost brother.
Talking about his move from Australia to Los Angeles, Katsidis said that the USA is the center of boxing and allows him to move his career to the next step. But where does a fighter like Katsidis find the strength to never give up?
“I fight for my daughter, my lost brother and my whole family. These are the people that give me strength,” replied the former WBO Interim Lightweight World Champion. Watch the full interview below:
Katsidis’ crowd-pleasing, all-action fighting style has often drawn comparisons with the late Arturo Gatti. He started boxing as an amateur at the age of eleven and compiled a record of 75–6. During this time, he represented the Australian Olympic team in the lightweight division at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
The fighter makes sure his Greek heritage shows in every fight, and this is why he enters the ring as an Ancient Spartan Warrior. He also has a tattoo on his back depicting the Vergina Sun, the symbol of the Greek state of Macedonia, from where his family hails.
The fight of Michael Katsidis “The Great” (28-5, 23 KOs) VS Albert “Tornado” Mensah (19-3-1, 7 KOs) will meet in the 10-round Junior Welterweight main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights on April 13. The show will air at 11pm ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 from Las Vegas.