Former WBO interim lightweight boxing title-holder, Michael Katsidis, has lost to Ghana’s Albert Mensah in Las Vegas, in a match that became the Australian’s fourth defeat in his last five fights.
Katsidis suffered a majority points-decision defeat in his first bout under the guidance of new trainer, Justin Fortune.
The 31-year-old started well in the ten-round junior welterweight bout only for Mensah to respond well in the middle rounds at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Mensah, a favourite in the boxing odds before the fight, appeared to hurt Katsidis in the ninth and, although one judge scored the fight 95-95, the other two had the 29-year-old Ghanaian ahead 98-92 and 96-94.
Mensah improved his record to 25-3-1, which includes ten knockouts, while Katsidis is now 28-6.
Meanwhile, Felix Sturm made a 12th successful defence of his WBA middleweight title in Cologne, when Sebastian Zbik was forced to retire before the tenth round.
Sturm started slowly, but he started to get on top midway through the bout, when the challenger tired.
Sturm had his fellow German in trouble at the end of the ninth round. Zbik’s corner thought their man had taken enough punishment, and so the bout was stopped before the tenth round could start.
“We fought a fair fight. It was a good advertisement for boxing,” Sturm said. “Sebastian’s a great boxer; he moved very well. I had to keep my pace. It took a while and it was one of my hardest fights, but thank God it worked out.”