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Katsidis vs. 40-year-old N’dou a possibility for November

Lovemore N’Dou Michael KatsidisBy Sean McDaniel: Michael Katsidis (28-4, 23 KO’s) and 40-year-old former IBF light welterweight champion Lovemore N’dou (48-13-2, 31 KO’s) have reportedly made a verbal agreement for a fight that will be taking place in November in Brisbane, Australia. If this fight does transpire, this will be a long ways away from the big fights that boxing fans had hoped Katsidis would be making after he moved up to the light welterweight division recently.

Katsidis destroyed Michael Lozada by a 3rd round TKO last Saturday night, but it looks as if Katsidis is going to ease his way into fighting better guys slowly but surely by next taking on journeyman N’dou. For his part, N’dou has lost his last two fights to Saul Alvarez and Kell Brook. In both fights, N’dou had problems pulling the trigger with his punches.

N’dou, 5’8″, still possesses power and could give the 5’7″ Katsidis problems if he lands enough of his shots, but it’s not likely. This is another fairly easy win for Katsidis. Hopefully, Katsidis doesn’t evolve into one of the Australian fighters that just look for paydays against old or over-matched opponents for the remainder of his career. We’ve seen that kind of thing from a couple of other top Australian fighters and it would be a pity if that’s what Katsidis did with to his own career.

Katsidis has lost two out of his last three fights to Juan Manuel Marquez and Roberto Guerrero at lightweight. He moved up in weight to the 140 pound division hoping to make a mark there. But a fight against N’dou isn’t exactly the kind of fight that he needs if he wants to catch the attention of boxing fans. It looks like another payday fight but nothing more than that.

N’dou held the International Boxing Federation (IBF) light welterweight title from February 2007 to June 2007. He lost the title to Paulie Malignaggi.


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