Tonight at 11 p.m. EDT on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com, Michael Katsidis makes his official move up to the 140-pound division in the Friday Night Fights main event against Ghana's Albert Mensah. Bad Left Hook will have live round-by-round coverage of the show.
Katsidis (28-5, 23 KO) has lost three of four and is at the point where he's basically trying to salvage his career. He's out of the game right now as a big fight player following losses to Juan Manuel Marquez, Robert Guerrero, and Ricky Burns. None of those losses were to poor fighters, of course, but he was pretty easily outboxed by Guerrero and Burns, and he was outslugged by Marquez.
Mensah (24-3-1, 10 KO) is essentially an unknown, as he's only fought outside of Ghana one time in his career. That came last July in Burbank, Ill., when he defeated Andres Gorges by majority decision over 12 rounds (117-111 twice, 114-114). He hasn't fought since then.
The bit of footage available shows him to be a tall, awkward boxer. Katsidis described him as "halfway between Floyd Mayweather and Ben Tackie," which means absolutely nothing.
The co-feature will pit welterweights Artemio Reyes (15-1, 12 KO) and Alan Sanchez (9-2-1, 3 KO) in a rematch of a 2010 fight that went to Reyes via split decision over six. Reyes upset Javier Molina last October on ShoBox, but looked very slow and plodding, and hardly like any type of future contender.
It's a later than usual start for FNF, especially considering Katsidis is a bona fide star compared to the usual main eventers on the series, but minor league NASCAR is in the way.