Michael Katsidis released a brief statement today regarding his expected retirement, not yet making an official announcement, but giving the feeling that it will be coming soon.
Here's the release:
Two time WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis is out of boxing indefinitely and expects to make a decision about his future shortly.
"I have a story to tell and I will be telling it, but right now I need to talk with my family, management as well as medical staff," Katsidis said when referring to what had caused him to withdraw from the bout.
Even though he will not be fighting on February 21st 2013, the proud Katsidis will still attend the promotion he was to headline in Melbourne armed with more detail to explain his situation. "People recognise me for my toughness in the ring, but it's been just as tough outside the ring the last couple of days" Katsidis said referring to the conversations he has needed to have with family, friends and trainer Johnny Lewis.
"With a career that has taken Katsidis to the highest levels the sport has to offer around the world, whichever way this goes, Michael does not want to be lost to Australian Boxing," Katsidis's manager Glen Murray said.
Katsidis was to face Weng Haya (16-5) from the Philippines at The Melbourne Pavilion, Melbourne on February 21st 2013.