Good news and good fortune for Nicol
SAM Nicol is a boxer who is not used to being in a ring, let alone facing up to an opponent.
That is how he has been training recently, anyway.
A night shift worker, Nicol has been doing his training solo during the day with only weights and a punching bag, to try and become the best boxer in Queensland.
But the past two weeks have given him the opportunity to be with his Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club teammates, not working because of a welcome arrival.
"I just had a girl so I have two weeks off, a baby named Harper," he said.
"I started night shift before the end of last year so I started training during the day."
It is good timing for Nicol for Harper to be born, with the Queensland team trials beginning this Friday.
A change in weight division also leaves Nicol not needing to shed weight, which means more time at home with his family until the trip to Brisbane.
"It is easier now (that) Liam Nicolson has come back to 69kg, I won't have to cut weight," he said, now fighting at 75kg.
"I am 76kg at the moment and I don't think I can beat Liam."
Nicol does think he can beat the rest at 75kg.
He has been back on the canvas for a year after four years away, and is feeling as good as ever, even if he has not had the sparring practice.
Ten fighters from Gladstone will be at the Queensland trials on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.