The 32 year-old, who wowed crowds all over the world with his passion and iron will inside the ring, has been through tragedy and rumours of illness in recent years that has seen the Australian make the painful decision to make the move away from boxing.
“There are a number of reasons I have stepped away from boxing, despite what has been said amongst media speculation regarding my health,” Katsidis exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I have recently dismissed these such allegations in a media report from my hometown of Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia and I also spoke about how my motivation to fight had become wayward following the death of my brother Stathi.
“Subsequently, I suffered losses in my career I believe I would otherwise have won, so I decided it was time to focus on my life after boxing. I’ve been passing on my knowledge to corporate people who want to know the thrill of what it’s like to step into the ring and I have been working with Corporate Fight Gym in Sydney and an discussing purchasing Legends Gym at Kensington in Sydney.
“Amongst other business opportunities, I have a financial involvement with T-Rev engines, a factory distributor for the second largest engine company in Australia – Red Hill Engine Centre. On top of that my new website is about to go live and features merchandise, boxing equipment, my life story picture book and general ongoings from day to day.
“I have a hive of a fan base all over the world as people have been respectful of what I have accomplished throughout the many wars I have been involved in. I look forward to giving something back for their ongoing support and ask them to please stand by for the exciting events that will take place at the closing of my career.
“The fighter known as ‘The Great’ has a final chapter that is yet to be seen.”
Rumours are now circulating that a farewell ‘thank you’ contest will be arranged for later this year for the likeable warrior, to give friends and family the chance to salute one of the sports most exciting talents in recent years for the last time.
One thing is for sure that those battles with Juan Manuel Marquez, Robert Guerrero and Ricky Burns will live long in the memory for all who witnessed them as Katsidis embarks on a new chapter in his life in the coming years.
All at WBN wish him well.