Michael Katsidis

"The Great"


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Michael Katsidis
Real name

Michael Alan Katsidis


Katsidis The Great

Rated at



1.72 m (5 ft 7+12 in)


Flag of Australia Australian

Birth date

15 August 1980 (1980-08-15) (age 28)

Birth place

Toowoomba, Queensland,



Boxing record
Total fights




Wins by KO






No contests


Michael Alan Katsidis (Greek: Mιχάλης Κατσίδης), (born 15 August 1980 in Toowoomba, Australia) is a professional boxer of Greek descent. He is a former WBO interim lightweight titleholder.

Amateur career

 Professional career

Katsidis made his professional debut on December 9, 2001, knocking out Danny Wilson in the third round for the Queensland lightweight title. In only his second professional fight, he won a twelve-round unanimous decision, beating James Swan for the Australian lightweight title. Katsidis would go on to have another nineteen wins before encountering Graham Earl for the interim WBO lightweight title on February 17, 2007.

In a bout considered by onlookers to be a fight of the year candidate, Katsidis and Earl traded heavy blows for five rounds, during which Earl was knocked down twice in the opening round, and again in the second. However, after receiving a standing count and having the towel being thrown in seconds later (only to be thrown back out again by referee Mickey Vann), Earl managed to floor Katsidis momentarily with a heavy right hand. However, this was to be insufficient in turning things around, as Katsidis went on to deliver more (largely unanswered) blows to Earl until stoppage of the fight after the fifth round.

On May 26, 2007, Katsidis was scheduled to fight Joan Guzman, but the latter withdrew from the fight claiming to have a minor hand injury. Katsidis then defended his title against Czar Amonsot on July 21, 2007, in Las Vegas. Following the bout, Amonsot suffered a subdural hematoma (bleeding of the brain), putting his career in serious doubt. This bout was another that has been regarded as a potential fight of the year candidate.

A bout with Juan Díaz for the undisputed lightweight championship was to take place afterwards, but problems with Díaz's promoter, Don King, prevented this fight from occurring.

On March 22, 2008, Katsidis fought Joel Casamayor, which saw him caught early on with two big counter left hands from the Cuban, dropping him twice in the first round. As the fight continued, Katsidis' heavy punches and forward-attacking style began to find their way through Casamayor's defence, stunning him in one round and sending him through the ring ropes in the sixth. This recovery enabled Katsidis to build up a lead on the scorecards, until a big counter left hand from Casamayor caught him on the chin and floored him in the tenth round. Katsidis was able to carry on, but shortly afterwards a further flurry of unanswered shots from Casamayor forced referee Jon Schorle to stop the fight. This handed Katsidis his first defeat, and lost him the WBO lightweight title.

Most recently, on 6 September 2008, Juan Díaz emerged victorious after a twelve-round split decision over Katsidis on the way to becoming the new IBO lightweight champion, in a bout billed as No Retreat, No Surrender at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The judges scored the fight 116-112 and 115-113 in Díaz's favour, with 115-113 for Katsidis.[1][2]


When entering the ring, Katsidis wears a Greek warrior helmet and in bouts his trunks often resemble a warrior's skirt, as a homage to his Greek heritage. He also showcases this heritage with a tattoo on his back depicting the star of Macedonia, representing the area of Greece in which he is from.


Katsidis has been inducted into the Hellenic hall of fame and announced an honorary member of the Toowoomba community.

Has made the Danny Hornet new years honours list for his amusing birth place name.[citation needed]

Vacant Lightweight boxing interim champion (WBO)
February 17, 2007 - March 2, 2008
Succeeded by
Joel Casamayor