HBO Boxing “Warriors”, Juan Manuel Marquez vs Michael KatsidisCategory: Boxing
In a boxing event billed as “Warriors”, the the number four pound-for-pound boxer in the world Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez defends his WBA, WBO and The Ring lightweight championships against top challenger Michael “The Great Rocky” Katsidis.
The two warriors will meet on November 27, 2010 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Mexican Juan Manuel Márquez (50-5, 37 KOs) at age 37 years old, is still considered one of the best boxers in the world today.
An orthodox boxer, Marquez is known for his speed and counter-punching style. His fighting style was elusive because most of his fights, he’s always rotating or moving his left hand and release over punches.
In his last fight in July, he defeated Juan Diaz via Unanimous Decision in a rematch of their 2009 Fight of The Year bout. Prior to that, he moved up to the Welterweight division to fight Floyd Mayweather, Jr. but was terribly outmatched by the bigger and faster Mayweather. The additional weight clearly slowed down Marquez.
Australian Michael Katsidis (29-2, 22 KOs) is the current WBO interim lightweight champion, and is ranked by The Ring magazine as the world’s number one lightweight contender.
His crowd-pleasing, all-action fighting style has drawn comparisons with late IBF super featherweight and WBC light welterweight champion, Arturo Gatti.
His last fight was against Kevin Mitchell in May where he won via Round 3 TKO.
Juan Manuel Marquez vs Michael Katsidis will be aired by HBO Boxing on November 27, 2010 LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
UPDATE: Dinamita successfully defended his WBA and WBO lightweight titles, stopping Katsidis at 2:14 of the ninth round. Katsidis knocked down Marquez with a left hook in the third, but Marquez rallied to take the lead before finishing off Katsidis in the ninth.
In the ninth round, Marquez landed 36 punches to nine for Katsidis, Kenny Bayless halted the bout after Katsidis was hurt by several combinations. After eight rounds, the three judges had the 37-year-old Marquez leading, 78-74, 76-75, 77-74.
At the post-fight press-conference, Marquez taunted Manny Pacquiao by wearing this T-shirt.
Here’s the Marquez vs Katsidis fight video: