Katsidis has date with destiny

WHEN Toowoomba boxer Michael Katsidis climbs into the ring for his world title fight in Las Vegas on Sunday, he will have more than Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez to contend with.

The pair will battle for the WBO and WBA lightweight world titles, in front of an expected capcity crowd of 16,000 people at the MGM Grand Casino.

But Katsidis has had to battle some inner demons just to make it to fight day.

His brother, champion jockey Stathi Katsidis, died suddenly in his Brisbane home on October 19. The cause of death is yet to be determined.

Courageously, Michael Katsidis chose to stay in his Thailand training camp and prepare for his showdown with Marquez, a man who appears destined for the boxing Hall of Fame and who already has 51 professional wins to his name.

The Katsidis brothers were as close as two brothers could be and Michael has stayed shielded away from the public eye since Stathi's death.

He re-emerged this week and Finda was able to speak to the Katsidis camp in Las Vegas.

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