Toowoomba: Return of ‘The Great’

ImageAfter almost a two year absence, one of Australia’s most beloved warriors returns to the ring. Michael ‘The Great’ Katsidis (28-6, 23KOs) fights in his hometown of Toowoomba for the first time since 2006, where he takes on Indonesia’s Eddie Comaro (27-17-5, 11KOs).

Often compared to the late, great, Auturo Gatti with his crowd pleasing style, Katsidis travelled the world at the height of his career taking on multiple world champions, including Jesus Chavez, Juan Diaz, Joel Casamayor, Robert Guerrero and future hall of famer Juan Manuel Marquez.

In 2013, Katsidis was forced to pull out of two scheduled matchups on medical advice after receiving brain scans, which subsequently forced the former Interim WBO champion into retirement. He has since been medically cleared and reunited with long time trainer Brendon Smith, for the first time since 2011.

His return bout with Comaro is a 10 round Lightweight battle which takes place at Toowoomba’s Rumours International Convention Centre this Friday (14 March).

The undercard features Toowoomba adoptee Jack Asis (29-18-5, 15KOs) as he also takes on an Indonesian opponent in Arief Blader (20-12-1, 7KOs) over 8 rounds in the Super Featherweight division.

Originally from the Philippines, Asis’ career was up and down, but he is riding a wave of success since his relocation to Toowoomba under the tutelage of Brendon Smith. In his last 9 outings he has scored 8 victories and a draw.

WBC Youth Featherweight champion Brayd Smith also takes to the ring in front of his home crowd. The born and bred Toowoomba product is currently undefeated with 8 victories, 7 inside the distance.  He takes on experienced Argentinean Jose Saez (22-16-6, 12KOs) in a scheduled 8 round contest.

In a bout where the vacant Queensland Welterweight title will be up for grabs, another Toowoomba local Kris George (5-0, 4KOs) clashes with Ozan Craddock (6-0, 5KOs).

George has scored 4 stoppages in his 5 victories, all of which came in the first round. Craddock himself has only been the distance once in his 6 fight career. This is an exciting matchup between two young undefeated prospects.

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