Games dream in tatters after loss at state boxing titles
THREE rounds of boxing have shattered Liam Nicolson, leaving his ambitions for a Commonwealth Games dream in tatters long before it was meant to end.
The plan was to progress through 2013 with no problems, leaving just the Australian Championships between the 20-year-old and Australian representation.
But the first step stopped the Gladstone boxing product after he lost his first fight of the Queensland titles in a split decision.
"It was definitely a fight I could have won. I fought really well in the first two rounds," Nicolson said.
"It went downhill in the third. I thought I had done enough. It turns out I hadn't."
After a strong start to the year and what Nicolson described as a successful 2013, the major event on the calendar left him with only one place to turn.
Nicolson and his coach Mick Daly wrote to Boxing Australia to ask for a spot on the card at the Australian event in February, making it a more anxious Christmas than normal.
"I get straight back into it and hope that I hear back in the new year," Nicolson said.
"I had nine fights all up for the year for eight wins this year."
With the strong record and a coach with high credibility backing Nicolson to beat anyone in the country at 75kg, the future is yet to be determined.
Planning with the mindset that the Australian berth is still alive, Nicolson is unsure of what he will do if the approval is not given.
"I don't really know what I'll do then," he said. "Whether I wait around for the Olympics or turn pro I don't know.
"I am not fully set on what I want to do with boxing, maybe turn pro. You need to qualify for Olympics through Asia now which makes it harder."