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Date: 3/24/2010

Katsidis v Mitchell 

 

image WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis (26-2, 21 KOs) is the underdog in the betting for his scheduled twelve round title bout against Englishman Kevin Mitchell (31-0, 23 KOs) at Upton Park in West Ham, London on May 15. “Frank [Warren] has done a fantastic job getting me the fight and bringing it to England,” Mitchell said. “This is the kind of fight I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid.” The 25-year-old Mitchell is unbeaten in 31 fights and in the shape of his life, having seen off Amir Khan’s Colombian conqueror Breidis Prescott on points then knocking out Prescott’s compatriot Ignacio Mendoza in the second round in his last fight.

Katsidis will be familiar to British boxing fans for his dramatic fifth-round stoppage of Graham Earl at Wembley three years ago. He has won all but two of his 28 fights and has established himself as a major draw in the United States. Katsidis outscored Vincet Escobedo over twelve and stopped former world champion Jesus Chavez in eight rounds in 2009 bouts. Australian-born Katsidis resides in Las Vegas with his wife and child.

Katsidis will receive $412,000 and Mitchell $103,000.