Name: Jordan Reynolds
Club: West Ham ABC
Record: 13-2 (62-68kg)
Notes: Finalist of Junior ABA’s 2011, Luton Young Sportsman of the Year 2012
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‘Brit Basher’ Michael Katsidis has set his sights on enticing British legend Ricky Hatton out of retirement after he gets through his Interim WBO lightweight title fight with Ricky Burns on Saturday night.
The Aussie powerhouse was involved in a thriller against Earl in 2007 - also at Wembley Arena - that saw both fighters hit the canvas before Earl was pulled out by his corner before the start of the sixth round.
Michael Katsidis’ manager Brendon Smith has lamented the British fighting contingent at lightweight and light-welterweight claiming they are using Katsidis’ name just to help ‘promote themselves’.
The Aussie brawler has been linked with a number of British fighters over the course of the year but hasn’t faced one since his three-round destruction of Kevin Mitchell in May 2010.
Topping the bill at Graham Earl’s Renaissance night on July 31 are super-middleweight scrappers Emmanuel Oshunrinde and Jahmaine Smyle. Having met at the start of the year, the pair renew hostilities after an anti-climatic finish due to a cut in the first contest. But before getting in the ring, both fighters sat down with Boxing Futures’ James Ankobia to argue the odds about how the night would go…
Having been unable to get the long awaited rematch with Michael Katsidis off the ground, lightweight scrapper Graham Earl will turn his attentions back to promoting the tear ups. On July 31, he puts on his six-fight, action-packed night of boxing in Luton’s Liquid nightclub, bringing boxing back to his hometown.
There are fights that define you as a fighter, fights that set your career on a different course, and fights that change you as a man. And then there are fights that change your life. For Luton lightweight scrapper Graham Earl that fight came in February 2007 when he stared across the ring at Aussie hardman Michael Katsidis.
Former British and Commonwealth lightweight champion Graham Earl will not face Michael Katsidis in a rematch of their emphatic 2007 meeting after contract talks stalled.
Katsidis and Earl where set to renew hostilities four years after their first clash in Queensland, Australia later this year but Katsidis will now look elsewhere for his autumn opponent.