Earl (142.1lbs) fails weight for Katsidis (139.9) bout, rematch still on (photos)

Phil Jay 03/07/2014

Michael Katsidis successfully made weight for his eagerly-anticipated rematch with Graham Earl as the weigh-in went a lot smoother than this week’s final press conference.

The two rivals almost came to blows as they squared-up in front of the media, with shouts of ‘let’s settle this in the car park’ heard reigning out as they went head-to-head.

Katsidis and Earl originally met in 2007 in an exciting clash on UK soil as the Aussie picked himself up off the canvas to stop the ex-British champion in five rounds.

At Thursday’s scaling, Katsidis hit the mark of 139.9.lbs (63.48kg), although Earl weighed in two pounds over the 140 limit as he bids to shake of five years of ring rust upon his delayed return to action.

It is understandable that Earl would have at least been tight at the weight due to his time out of action, although his chance of winning the little-known WBU belt on offer has now gone.

On the undercard, undefeated Braydon Smith, son of Katsidis promoter and manager Brendon Smith, came in at 125.7lbs (57.05kg), whilst opponent Jarrett Owen was 125.4lbs (56.8kg) for their WBC Youth silver featherweight title bout.

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