Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Crushing victory for Michael Katsidis

I've managed to upload in two parts last Saturday's WBO world lightweight championship fight between reigning champ Michael 'The Warrior' Katsidis and challenger Kevin Mitchell. The bout was held in East London and was subject to a big build up with Mitchell being touted as this country's next great pugilist. However, the fight turned out a mismatch as Greek Australian Katsidis proved to be much fitter, faster, stronger and meaner than the Englishman, easily overwhelming him in less than three rounds. Having seen off Mitchell, Katsidis – who enters the ring dressed as a Greek warrior and has the Star of Vergina emblazoned on his back – will now be looking to use his fearless, relentless style to earn more lucrative fights in America and unify the lightweight division.


Hermes said...

There are a number of rising Greek Australian boxers, one also from Zakynthos. However, this tattoo thing is getting ridiculous. The Greeks never tattooed their body.

The best tattoo a Greek can have is to speak and read the Greek language.

I wonder if Michael Katsidis can even read a lowly Greek newspaper such as Ta Nea? I doubt it.

Also, he married a Japanese woman.

Hermes said...

Furthermore, I read that Katsidis grew up in Toowoomba, Queensland which is like Huddersfield, England or Little Rock, Arkansas. No offence to Katsidis but why the hell did Greeks end up in that place? We should be in the major cities controlling the levers of world power not stuck in some third rate Australian village.

I can promise you not one Jew has ever grown up in Toowoomba and not one has ever visited.

lastgreek said...

He lured the Brit in for the devasting left hook. Lights out, Kevin. Lovely!

Hermes... if only the Greeks of Greece had one-tenth of the courage of this diaspora Greek. The pussies annually spend about 5% of their GDP on military expenditures, and they have yet to shoot down a Mongol jet fighter.

lastgreek said...

I can promise you not one Jew has ever grown up in Toowoomba and not one has ever visited.-

H, there are currently 6 "Cohens" living in Toowoomba, QLD. I haven't checked for any "Kramers" yet. ;-)

Hermes said...

LG, there are also some great Greek fighters from Greece. You heard of Iron Mike Zambidis?

Hermes said...

John, I did not say Greeks of Greeks can rightly arbitrate on Greeks.

I weight train at the gym of a former world champion and used to box myself. I have met many of these patriots like Katsidis. Most are sincere and likeable. Good men. However, from experience the basis for much of their behaviour and ethical outlook stems more from American gang culture, mixed with Pacific Island and Arabic linguistics and morals than Hellenism. The suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne are not exactly a hotbed of Greek paideia. Given all that, I suppose misdirected patriotism is better than none at all.

By the way I also have a small tattoo on my back. A mistake I made 15 years ago when a woman friend bought me a birthday present.

Hermes said...

Yesterday was the anniversary of the unification of the Eptanissia with Hellas. Let's hope Cyprus, northern Epirus, Tenedos and Imbros will soon be with us.

Below is a summary of the process of reunification of the Eptanissia with Greece and the bastardry of the British. It is interesting that the Greek "Radicals" back then were both for social justice AND patriotism. Something today's so called radicals should take note of.


John Akritas said...

The church and clerics don't seem to have been in the vanguard of the liberation of the Eptanissia. Were they pro-British, I wonder, worried about the redistribution of land wanted by the Radicals?

Hermes said...

The Church played a very important role during the Venetian occupation not unlike the role of the Church elsewhere. However, the drive to unification was mainly driven by secular islanders inspired by French revolutionary ideas. Unlike Cyprus, the Orthodox Church was not autocephalus. Also, the Church was not pro-British and were not very large landowners. The large landowners were old Venetian families which had become completely Hellenised by breeding, language and religion.

It is interesting that the conditions placed on the Ionian Independent State and on the islands after unification were not unlike the modern day Annan Plan because of the importance the British placed on their geopolitical position. Of course, over time these conditions were ignored.

John Akritas said...

The movement towards enosis in Cyprus was essentially conservative, led by the church and the right. The 'progressive' or left part of Cypriot society did not play a prominent role in the struggle, although after independence Makarios successfully brought in the left to achieve a form of national unity, even if this resulted in the alienation of extreme rightist elements that resulted in EOKA B.

Cyprus' Venetians and Franks – who lost Cyprus in 1571 – ended up converting to Islam, fleeing to the corners of the island – particularly the Karpas peninsula – or to Crete or the Eptanissia – Capodistrias' maternal lineage is Cypriot. And it seems to me that a better analogy for the limits on the Eptanissia's incorporation into Greece would be the form of independence Cyprus achieved in 1960 – limits the Cypriots were overcoming by the late 1960s, before the junta/EOKA B/the Americans stepped in.