BoxingScene.com reports that as you might expect, lightweight contender and interim WBO titlist Michael Katsidis plans to use his status as WBO mandatory to force a fight with divisional champion Juan Manuel Marquez, or at the least get Marquez to give up his WBO title belt.
"S**t or get off the pot. Fight me or give up the title," Katsidis said.
Katsidis’ agent Sampson Lewkowicz told BoxingScene.com that either Marquez agrees to the fight or vacates his title [which in turn makes Katsidis the full champion].
"The champion can not stop the career of Michael Katsidis. If he doesn’t want to fight him, then give up your title and let Michael continue his career. Don’t put a stop on Michael Katsidis’ career. If he doesn’t want to fight, we will fight the proper opponent or challenger who is acceptable to HBO and Golden Boy Promotions," Lewkowicz said.
Katsidis is actually a great idea for a comeback opponent for Marquez, a legit challenger and a tough guy who makes exciting fights. Marquez hasn't said much about a return, so the question is what he's looking to accomplish at age 36. If he's looking simply for the most money and only a couple more fights, he'll likely try to get that 140-pound battle with Ricky Hatton, who also appears to be near the end of a storied career.
But if Marquez is looking to fight on for a few more years, he might take the Katsidis challenge. He'd be a heavy favorite over Katsidis, who has some power and always comes to fight, but is fairly limited and I think would be a heavy underdog against a guy like Marquez, who even at his age and blown up a bit past his best at 135 pounds, is still a far superior boxer. Marquez-Katsidis could be a war, would be a great HBO fight, and is in a position to be made very easily. Katsidis wouldn't be looking to bully his portion of the purse or anything like that, he just wants to prove himself.