Michael Katsidis returns against Eddy Comaro on March 14


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Former lightweight title challenger Michael Katsidis, who announced his retirement at the age of 32 in Feb. 2013, will return to the ring March 14 against Indonesia's Eddy Comaro, his manager/trainer Brendon Smith announced this week.

Nicknamed "The Great," and known for his warrior mentality, Katsidis (28-6, 23 knockouts) reunited with Smith in January but has not fought since April 2012 when he lost by majority decision to Albert Mensah.

A 33-year-old Australian, Katsidis will face the 27-year-old Comaro (27-17-5, 11 KOs) in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia in a junior welterweight bout.

Katsidis earned interim WBO belts with a fifth-round stoppage over Graham Earl in Feb. 2007 and a split-decision over Vicente Escobedo in Sept. 2009.

One of Katsidis' biggest victories was a third-round stoppage of England's Kevin Mitchell in May 2010.

Katsidis had lost exciting decisions to ex-beltholders Juan Diaz, Robert Guerrero and Ricky Burns, and was stopped in the ninth and 10th rounds by titleholders Juan Manuel Marquez and Joel Casamayor, respectively.

Katsidis has won once in his past five bouts, scoring a third-round knockout of Michael Lozada in August of 2011. Since then, however, Katsidis has lost by unanimous and majority decision to Burns in Nov. 2011 and to Mensah.

The ninth-round knockout loss to Marquez, whom Katsidis dropped in the second round in Nov. 2010, came a month after the death of his 31-year-old brother, Stathi Katsidis, a champion jockey in Australia who suffocated on Oct. 19.