Nicol flies flag for Gladstone
SAM Nicol continued his dominance in the ring at the Rockhampton PCYC fight night on the weekend, but that is where the luck ended for the locals.
The Queensland title-holder was the only one of five fighters from the region to win. Of the other four fights, three ended in TKOs.
But Nicol’s Gladstone PCYC team-mate Andrew McDonald (67-69kg) was unlucky not to record a win against his opponent.
Trainer Russell Thomas was surprised with the judges’ decision to award the victory against McDonald who “out punched” the competition. “We thought he’d won it,” Thomas said.
Matt Douglas looked to be on the right track to success, winning the first two rounds of his three-round fight, but a final surge by his rival saw the result go the other way when the referee called a TKO in the last round.
Fellow Gladstone fighter Craig Morgan’s bout also ended prematurely as Morgan was outclassed and another TKO determined.
Island Sands fighters Harry Chapman and Zac O’Connor were also at the meeting but only O’Connor stepped into the ring.
“Harry was matched up but when the bloke found out who he was fighting he pulled out,” trainer Russell Thompson said. “And I don’t blame him. Harry’s firing.”
O’Connor’s fight ended in another TKO after the Tannum fighter hit the mat in the second round.