Quartet challenge Rocky rivals

GLADSTONE PCYC Boxing Club trainer Russell Thomas is taking four club members to Rockhampton this weekend for their northern counterpart’s fight night.

Sam Nicol (57kg), Andrew McDonald (67-69kg), Craig Morgan (77kg) and Matt Douglas (62kg) are expected to glove up and throw down at the Rockhampton PCYC event on Saturday night.

While the event is being held tomorrow, Thomas had his eyes fixed on a date further down the track.

“We’re trying to get the boys on track to get a few (fights) under the belt before we have our tournament here on September 18,” Thomas said.

“They’re all on track; we’re gearing up; we’ve sort of got a few things coming.”

After Rockhampton, the trainer said his talented team of boxers would contest a few more bouts in preparation for the club’s upcoming feature night.

“After that we’ll be looking at some more fights in Emerald and down south,” he said.

Thomas conceded club preparation had been more sporadic than he would have liked.

“Some of it (training) has been interrupted just due to viruses and flu... and work commitments also,” he said.

Nicol, who recently won the Queensland title for his respective weight category with a first-round knockout, would not be defending his title tomorrow but Thomas said the young gun was keen to take on any challengers.

“We’re happy if somebody does want to challenge for it, we’re quite happy,” he said.

“Given the right preparation we’ll go along with it.”

Nicol planned to use tomorrow, and the September 18 lead-up fights, to get rid of any ring rust before hopefully making a bid at a national belt on home soil.

“We’re hoping to have him cherry ripe by then,” Thomas told The Observer.

Check out The Observer next week for results of the bouts.



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