Michael Katsids scores wide points win over Graham Earl in rematch

Phil Jay 04/07/2014

Former interim world lightweight champion Michael Katsidis out-pointed Graham Earl in Toowoomba on Friday as the two fighter’s clash in a rematch of their exciting 2007 contest.

In a match-up that was nothing like their first UK meeting in which both men tasted canvas en route to a fifth round Katsidis victory, the contest went the full twelve rounds at Rumours International in Queensland.

Katsidis was much sharper than Earl, although the pair looked far from capable of reaching world-class as ‘The Great’ saw out a 120-108, 120-109, 119-109 triumph on the scorecards.

Neither fighter went down this time and hopefully the saga between Katsidis and Earl can now be put to bed after seven long years.

In taking a second win, Katsidis picked up the relatively pointless WBU light-welterweight title belt, but will need to up his game if he ever wants to reach the heights of his clashes with Juan Manuel Marquez and Robert Guerrero.

On the undercard, promoter Brendon Smith’s son Braydon, who goes by the nickname ‘The Great White,’ stayed undefeated by easily defending his WBC silver youth featherweight title with a second round stoppage win over compatriot Jarrett Owen.

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