Ramirez vs. Katsidis
By Paul Upham: Exciting Australian slugger Michael Katsidis faces Argentine Angel Ramirez on Saturday night at the Cebu Coliseum in Cebu City, Philippines. Both boxers made weight at Friday’s official weigh-in, with the fight being held over twelve rounds for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific lightweight title.
28 year-old Katsidis 23-2 (20) weighed in at 135lbs.
31 year-old Ramirez 19-4-2 (8) hit the scales at 134lbs.
Katsidis had two losses in 2008 in major fights in the USA against Joel Casamayor and Juan Diaz. He is looking to regain momentum with a good win against Ramirez, before possibly facing former IBF world champion Julio Diaz in April.
“I haven’t lost any confidence out of those two losses,” Katsidis told the media, “and if anything, they’ve only made me a better fighter.”
Gates will open at 4pm local time, while the first bout takes place at 5pm.
The card will be televised in the Philippines by Studio 23 starting at 9pm, with a replay on ABS-CBN at 9am on Sunday.
In Australia, the event is available live on Main Event Pay-Per-View from 9pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.
Date January 31
Location Cebu Coliseum, Cebu City, Philippines
Michael Katsidis vs. Angel Hugo Ramirez, 12 rds
WBO Asia Pacific lightweight title
Anthony Marcial vs. Vacharakrit Senahan, 12 rds
WBO Oriental super featherweight title
Ciso Morales vs. Pichitchok Singmanassak, 12 rds
WBO Oriental super bantamweight title
Marvin Sonsona vs. Liempetch Sor Veerapol, 12 rds
WBO Asia Pacific Youth flyweight title
Rolando Magallano vs. Kevin De La Cruz, 6 rds
Marvin Mabait vs. Marco Demesillo, 4 rds