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Michael Katsidis awaits Juan Manuel Marquez decision

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WBO Interim Lightweight Champion Michael Katsidis hopes to land the fight of his dreams later in the year.

On offer could be a WBO title shot against current champion Juan Manuel Marquez.

“S**t or get off the pot. Fight me or give up the title,” Katsidis previously told Marquez about a mandatory challenge.

Sampson Lewkowicz told BoxingScene: “The champion can not stop the career of Michael Katsidis.

“If he doesn’t want to fight him, give up your title and let Michael continue his career. Don’t put a stop on Michael Katsidis’ career.

“If he doesn’t want to fight, we will fight the proper opponent or challenger who is acceptable to HBO and Golden Boy Promotions,” he added.

Michael Katsidis

Katsidis recently became the interim champion of the title when he stopped Britain’s Kevin Mitchell in three brutal rounds at Upton Park Stadium in London last May.

Marquez defended his belt successfully against Juan Diaz. However, now the Mexican is looking at fighting Manny Pacquiao next and may have to fight Katsidis or give up his belt.

Another spanner in the works could be Amir Khan.

The Bolton man has a date already penciled in for December 11th. Khan is hoping to entice Marquez to move up a division for a world title showdown.

Exactly where that leaves Katsidis is anyone’s guess. But it does look likely that Marquez will have to give up the title as he looks for the fight with Pacquiao.

As for Khan, it could be a unification bout with Timothy Bradley or Devon Alexander.

Katsidis could always sign the paperwork for Marquez and get the fight over the line for Las Vegas.

WBN Editor Phil Jay is an experienced boxing news writer. Follow World Boxing News on Facebook @officialworldboxingnews and Twitter @worldboxingnews.