Katsidis primed to crush Filipino challenger
Australia's WBO interim lightweight boxing champion Michael Katsidis has
a simple message for Czar Amonsot (pictured),
the flashy Filipino who tackles him in Las Vegas on Sunday (Australian
Katsidis' trainer says Amonsot is a southpaw action fighter in the mould
of Manny Pacquiao and trained by the same man who made Pacquiao a boxing
But Katsidis isn't impressed by the comparison.
``Anyone they put in front of me I will destroy, he said.
``Im ready to make my mark on the world stage and I will crush anyone
who challenges me.
The big-punching Queenslander is determined to make a stunning first
impression for his US debut on the undercard of the Bernard Hopkins-Winky
Wright fight at Mandalay Bay.
And given the explosive style Katsidis brings into the ring, he could be
the most sizzling dish on the menu.
The 26-year-old Toowoomba fighter has a record 20 KOs in his 22-0
Southpaw Amonsot, 21, boasts a record of 18 wins (10 KOs), two losses
and a draw and holds the WBO Asia Pacific title.
"This is the toughest fight of my life and I'm prepared for it that
way, Katsidis told news service AAP.
``The Filipinos are on a very big roll at the moment, he's going to pull
out all the stops in this fight.
"He is going to be extremely fit and I think he's going to have a fair
bit of power.
"I believe that with all the years of dedication and work I've put into
it, things are now finally falling into place for me.
"A long time ago, I was less dedicated to put in the hard work, but as
the years have progressed, I've become more dedicated.
"With so much at stake, there's no way I'm going to lose this fight."
His trainer Brendan Smith said Amonsot was an aggressive southpaw.
"Amonsot is obviously fit and looks like he's in good shape.
Working in Amonsot's corner is one of the world's respected trainers,
Freddie Roach, the trainer of Asias greatest ever fighter Manny
Pacquiao, another Filipino.
Brendan Smith says Amonsot is a southpaw action fighter in the Pacquiao