Michael Katsidis vs. Darley Perez on August 10th
By Eric Thomas: The struggling Michael Katsidis (28-6, 23 KO’s) will be dropping back down to lightweight on August 10th to face undefeated lightweight contender Darley Perez (25-0, 19 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round bout at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California.
Katsidis, 31, has lost four out of his last five fights, and can no longer afford to keep losing. In his last fight, he made the mistake of moving up to the light welterweight division and taking on a huge Albert Mensah April. Katsidis didn’t have the size to compete with Mesah, and ended up losing by a 10 round decision.
In moving back down to lightweight, Katsidis is going to have to produce if he wants to stick around as one of the top contenders in the division. Facing the 28-year-old Perez is another risky right for Katsidis, as Perez still hasn’t tasted defeat and he’s good power.
Style-wise, Perez is the type of fighter that Katsidis does well against. However, with four defeats in his last five fights, Katsidis is coming into this tough fight without much recent success, and his confidence may be not what it should be for such a tough fight. Katsidis needs this fight, but it’s unclear if he’s got enough left in the tank to get through what will likely be 10 grueling rounds.
Perez has wins over Alain Hernandez, Fernando Trejo, Oscar Meza and Wilson Alcorro.