Australia’s Michael Katsidis will fight Graham Earl in Toowoomba on July 4, seven years after his memorable win over the Englishman at Wembley.
The rematch of one of the most memorable boxing bouts featuring an Australian in the past decade is finally about to happen with Michael Katsidis and Graham Earl scheduled to clash again.
They will fight in Katsidis’s home town of Toowoomba, Queensland on July 4.
Their 2007 bout at England’s Wembley Arena was widely rated as the best bout of that year, with Katsidis winning the interim WBO lightweight world title, when Earl failed to come out for the sixth round.
Both men were floored in the brief but brutal bout which featured several exhilarating exchanges.
It was Katsidis’ first major overseas bout and the first of several international contests that earned him a worldwide reputation for being one of boxing’s most exciting warriors.
Englishman Earl (26-4, 12 KOs) had lost just one of his first 26 bouts before fighting Katsidis and lost his next two after trading blows with the Australian.
Earl, now 35, won his next bout, but hasn’t fought for the last five years.
Katsidis(29-6, 24 KOs), a two-time WBO interim champion, took a 23-month break after a run of four losses in five fights and questions about his health.
The 33-year-old made a triumphant return to the ring back in March with a third round stoppage of Eddy Comaro in Toowoomba.
“I have a lot of respect for Graham as a person,” Katsidis said.
“However I am a fighter and this will be the last time Graham will want to step into the ring with me.
“There will be no trilogy.”
Katsidis’s trainer-manager Brendon Smith said it would be a career defining fight for both men.
“We are very excited to have this fight once again, this time in our backyard,” Smith said.
“Graham has been hounding me for this rematch for five years, but so has Michael.
“We were never able to make the fight but now we can.”