27th October 2011
Former WBO Super Featherweight World Champion Ricky Burns steps up in weight next Saturday to face tough Australian Michael Katsidis for the interim WBO Lightweight World title. The pair met at a press conference this week to officially announce the fight.

The fight promises to be fireworks between two genuine ‘Gladiators’ of the ring and that is just the name the London main Event has been given and takes place on Guy Fawkes Night fitting the bill well.
 
Katsidis is no stranger to British fans who have seen the man from down under thunder past two of our boxers already stopping both Graham Earl and Kevin Mitchell respectively.
 
Burns who found it a struggle to make the super featherweight limit for the division he won and defended his World title three times, since beating Roman Martinez to win it in September 2010.

Michael Katsidis has labelled Ricky Burns the most dangerous British opponent he could face as he looks for his third success in London.

Katsidis, 31, is paying alot of respect to his Scottish opponent and fellow former world champion and believes that Burns  will be dangerous and points out the Coatbridge boxers experience at world level is also something he is aware of.

“He is very dangerous, the most dangerous opponent I could have faced.” said Katsidis.

“Burns has better boxing ability than both Kevin Mitchell and Graham Earl. Burns is powerful and is a very consistent fighter. He has shown it in the past.

“I don’t think Burns will be at a disadvantage moving up a weight. It’s a move he should have made a long time ago. Some underestimate his power but not me. I do not feel I am the favourite for this fight or that I have the edge. I feel we are on par.

“I may be experienced at the top level but Burns has an awful a lot of experience, too. He showed that last year when he won his title.” 

On the undercard

George Groves defend his British and Commonwealth Super Middleweight titles against former British Champ Paul Smith.

Billy Joe Saunders challenges Gary Boulden for his BBBofC Southern Area title.

Dereck Chisora will meet Larry Olubamiwo in an interesting heavyweight tussle. Chisora will make a return to action since losing his British and Commonwealth belts to Tyson Fury in July.

The fights will be aired live on BoxNation (Sky platform 456).

Fight Reports coming soon

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