Katsidis and Smith back together again ahead of July return

Phil Jay 26/05/2015

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Former world lightweight champion Michael Katsidis has reunited with trainer and friend Brendon Smith for the third time as the Australian plots a path towards another title shot.

The two shared an astronomical rise when first working together – which culminated in Katsidis breaking the American market in wars against Joel Casamayor, Juan Diaz, Juan Manuel Marquez and Robert Guerrero between 2008 and 2011 before parting ways.

Back-to-back losses to Ricky Burns and Albert Mensah followed as Katsidis struggled to find his form until the pair reunited again in 2013. That move produced two straight victories over Eddie Comaro and Graham Earl in Toowoomba and led to a lucrative fight in the UK against Tommy Coyle.

Negative press reports played some part in Katsidis and Smith splitting again just days before the Coyle fight and ‘The Great’ was then shockingly stopped in two rounds at Hull Arena to leave his career in tatters.

Katsidis did record a low-key win over little-known Rodynie Rafol in March, although has now buried the hatchet with Smith and will be back in action on July 8 at Melbourne Pavilion against an opponent to be named with his old pal by his side.

“Michael and Brendon are back together and we are looking at opponents for his next fight,” promoter Brian Amatruda exclusively told World Boxing News on Tuesday.

Smith recently suffered a family tragedy following the death of his son Braydon following defeat in the ring against John Vincent Moralde in March. Katsidis told WBN at the time of his sadness at what happened and had spoken of his total respect for Smith even whilst the pair were apart.

Working together seems the only logical step for the duo who have enjoyed their greatest successes together.