Must make an amendment to my list: Golden Boy just won a purse bid to promote a fight between Juan Diaz and Michael Katsidis, probably to be held in Houston on Jan. 26. Now, this doesn't mean the fight is set in stone because the contract still needs to get signed by both fighters, but I think both sides have agreed to an 80/20 split (Diaz is making $1.2 million, while Katsidis will make $300,000). It doesn't seem like much for Katsidis, but the guy's definitely got balls and confidence. He knows just fighting Diaz could lead to bigger and better things for him in the future, even if he loses. Hell, if the fight is exciting (and it most certainly will be), you can expect to hear talks of a rematch sometime down the line.
Lightweight is gonna be fun to watch the next year boys. The winner of the Diaz/Katsidis fight has to face the IBF's #1 contender Nate Campbell, and he is more than deserving. Casamayor and Santa Cruz are supposed to rematch, and David Diaz has to fight the winner.
I think this fight could propel Juan Diaz into superstar status, since the fight is already an early FOTY contender for 2008. He'd have fought, and beaten, Acelino Freitas, Julio Diaz, and Michael Katsidis all in a row, and have to face Nate Campbell afterwards. That's as tough a 4-fight stretch as I've seen in a while. If all goes to plan, we could possibly see a complete lightweight title unification bout by the end of '08, or the very beginning of '09.
Check fightnews.com for the whole story.
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This man is my hero.
Last edited by Salvy_Mic; 11-27-2007 at 10:29 AM.