Nicol was robbed of win: Thomas
PCYC boxing coach Russell Thomas believes one of his up-and-comers was “absolutely robbed” in a fight out west last week.
PCYC boxer Sam Nicol fought Kuang Kutah on Saturday night in Emerald and lost in a unanimous decision, which irked the Nicol camp no end.
“If it had been a split decision, we could have lived with that,” Thomas said.
“He landed the cleaner, better punches, and worked hard to get a result, so I don't know what fight the judges were watching.”
Thomas said he was not particularly happy with how his protégé had fought, but felt he had done enough to take the win.
“But take nothing away from Kutah, he's a tough customer who's not a bad mover,” he said.
Thomas spoke to the young boxer, who fought in the 67kg class, about the loss afterwards.
“He was disappointed with it, as you'd expect, and was a bit down understandably,” he said.
The focus for now turns to the Australian title fight, which will be held on Nicol's home turf at the PCYC on September 18, and will be one of the feature bouts of the night.
“He's knuckled down now and presented how he usually trains and fights,” the coach said.
Nicol is off to Caloundra on September 4 for a regulation bout, as part of his preparation for the title fight.
“He's got plenty of speed and strength, and is one of the better fighters I've trained here,” Thomas said.
“He's a likeable bloke, and has probably become the backbone of the club in a way.”