Brendon Smith adamant that police charge ends Michael Katsidis partnership

Phil Jay 05/09/2014

Toowoomba trainer Brendon Smith has revealed to WBN that he will no longer be working with former world title challenger Michael Katsidis following the fighter’s police charge for burglary.

Smith, who guided Katsidis to several high-profile title fights in the US and the UK, stated that his relationship with ‘The Great’ had ended upon a recent arrest warrant being issued against the ex-interm world title holder.

“I have officially resigned from being trainer and manager of Michael Katsidis,” Smith told World Boxing News on Friday. “I am so disappointed about this and will not make any further comment.”

Katsidis, 34, has recently made a successful return on the back of some high-profile defeats and was ready to travel to the Britain to face Tommy Coyle in Hull on October 25 of this year.

In light of recent events, the former lightweight star’s return to Britain may now be off as Katsidis deals with a court appearance on September 30 to defend his alleged actions.

An eye-catching stoppage win over Kevin Mitchell in 2010 brought Katsidis to the attention of the UK public, and in his last fight, the veteran completed a win double over Luton boxer Graham Earl.

Whether or not Katsidis will still be invited back to British shores remains to be seen.

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