Guerrero + Katsidis = Action

By Francis Walker BASN Staff Writer
Updated: March 28, 2011

Michael Katsidis

Michael Katsidis

NEW YORK, NY—”Action Heroes” is an upcoming HBO Pay-Per-View event promoted by Golden Boy Promotions on Saturday, April 9, from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. Erik Morales vs. Marcos Rene Maidana is the main event, but the fight of the night could be Robert Guerrero (28-1-1, 18 KOs) vs. Michael Katsidis (27-3, 22 KOs).

Robert Guerrero

Robert Guerrero

Guerrero vs. Katsidis spells action because, they are both exciting fighters. They are never in a bad fight, as fans throughout the world enjoy when they step inside the ring. Especially, Katsidis, whose blood and guts style has produced some of the most amazing action fights in recent memory – WIN OR LOSE!

Katsidis, in my mind, is as close to a modern-day Arturo Gatti that I can think of. Similar to Gatti, Katsidis cuts easily. Similar to Gatti, Katsidis is always in a war. Similar to Gatti, Katsidis is willing to make three-four punches just to get in a good shot. Of course we all know that Gatti’s threshold for punishment far exceeded taking three, four, or five shots. Katsidis is fun to watch as well.

“I fight to fight, Katsidis said. “So if anything happens during the fight I don’t care what the fight looks like or I don’t try to make a great fight. I don’t say, ‘Look, it’s going to be a great fight.’ I’m just going to win it. That’s what I go in there to do, so I’m not focused on any of that. I work more on myself. I don’t look at who I’m fighting so much. It is very much in synch when I’m in there, so I work a lot off that and I guess as a result you have a lot of exciting fights.”

Katsidis’ wars with Czar Amonsot, Joel Casamayor, and Juan Diaz were classics. His destruction of Kevin Mitchell in London, along with his war with Earl Graham was perhaps his most impressive wins.

In November, Katsidis floored unified WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez, but was stopped in the ninth round. Marquez was mandated to fight Guerrero, the mandatory challenger, but hasn’t made any plans to fight anytime soon.

Therefore, Guerrero-Katsidis will be for the unified interim WBA/WBO lightweight championships. Should Marquez fail to fight the winner, he will no longer be declared champion.

“I just think it’s going to be a great fight,” Guerrero said of his title fight with Katsidis. “He comes forward. He comes. He’s tough. He’s strong. He puts a lot of pressure and throws a lot of punches. I think it’s going to be a war and it’s going to be an exciting fight. Like I’ve been saying before, it’s going to be a fan’s fight where they’re going to get a lot of excitement and a lot of punching.”

Katsidis maybe enthralling to watch, but so is Guerrero, a former two-time IBF featherweight and super featherweight champion. He is also the type of fighter you’d want to root for all the time. His wife Casey was twice diagnosed for having a rare bone-marrow cancer that required months of treatment. At one point, Guerrero vacated a world championship just to be by his ailing wife’s side.

“Seeing what cancer patients go through and how tough it is for them, I always say they’re fighting for their lives and they don’t have a choice,” Guerrero said. “They’ve got to do the fight. For us fighters it’s a choice. Either you box or you don’t. It’s our choice.”

As the cancer has been declared in remission once again, Guerrero continues to make good on his promise to continue to train diligently, win, and provide fans with explosive performances.

“I’m doing what I love to do,” Guerrero added. “What I’ve been doing since I was nine-years-old and it’s an honor to get in that ring and enjoy it. I mean you get out there and enjoy it and cherish every moment you get, because boxing doesn’t last forever. It flies right by you and you’ve got to enjoy it while it lasts.”

Tickets for “Action Heroes” are on sale now. They are priced at $350, $250, $150, $75, $50 and $25. Tickets are also available by charge through Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000, or at www.mgmgrand.com, and www.ticketmaster.com.

The Morales vs. Maidana pay-per-view telecast, which begins at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, and has a suggested retail price of $44.95.