Kevin Mitchell Wants Redemption Against Michael Katsidis

Kevin Mitchell and John Murray had a hard-fought battle yesterday in Liverpool. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

Kevin Mitchell is hoping to land a rematch with Michael Katsidis, but also says he hopes to fight John Murray again down the line.

Mitchell (32-1, 24 KO) lost to Katsidis in May 2010 in front of his home fans at West Ham's Upton Park, overwhelmed by the stronger Katsidis in three rounds. But I think there's a decent argument that Mitchell, given what we know now, may not have been at his best that first time around.

"I want redemption after what happened to me last year. I wasn't right and I'd love a second chance. I'm sure Frank Warren can get Katsidis back over here. ... I want to fight again at Upton Park before West Ham leave for the Olympic Stadium, and Katsidis is the perfect fight."

Katsidis (27-4, 22 KO) isn't exactly on top of the world right now following a couple of pretty one-sided losses to Juan Manuel Marquez and Robert Guerrero. He fights again on August 13 against Michael Lozada in Australia, but after that hopes to land a fight with Erik Morales or another name back in the States. Still, a Mitchell rematch, which didn't appear to be anything worth considering as of two days ago, could be something he'd be happy to take. Katsidis is well-liked in the UK, and is worth money there.

Mitchell has also promised John Murray a rematch, but is targeting that for next year:

"John turned down the chance of a world title fight to meet me instead. He's a true gentleman and we're good mates. I'll return his generosity by giving him a rematch in a year or so. By then I will be a world champion, and the fight will be even bigger. He was good to me, and I'll keep my promise to him."

Murray (31-1, 18 KO) should be expected to get right back after things as soon as he's ready, as that just seems to be the type of fighter he is. He was willing to step up, and he lost, but I just don't see him being the type of guy who is bothered terribly by the first pro loss. Just judging from the outside, I don't think that's in his character.

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