Ricky Nelson ready for his professional boxing debut in Coffs Harbour later this year.
Ricky Nelson ready for his professional boxing debut in Coffs Harbour later this year.

Boxers to turn professional



COFFSHarbour boxers, Daniel Baff and Ricky 'Rocket' Nelson will both make their professional debuts in a blockbuster night of boxing in Coffs Harbour on September 30.

Nelson ended his amateur career recently at Ballina when he won the North Coast middleweight crown .

In the 69kg division, Nelson won a unanimous points verdict over Tom Ireland from Tamworth over four rounds.

Nelson had lost his previous fight against an experienced Queensland opponent on points in a bout which trainer Terry Baff said could have gone either way.

Baff believes Nelson's ideal fighting weight will be 69kg although he wants to try to get down as low as 65kg.

The fight night, to be held at the Coffs Ex-Services Club will feature eight amateur and four professional bouts including a contingent from the Canberra club.

Another of the feature bouts will be Justin Clements' first defence of the Australian light-heavyweight crown he won in Coffs Harbour earlier this year.

Clements will go into the ring against Tim 'Tiger' Bell from Victoria.

A bout of illness has prevented Daniel Baff participating in the Commonwealth Games trials and he has also made the decision to turn professional.

Baff's career has been plagued by bad luck and injury and after missing out on the Commonwealth Games and the team for the Athens Olympics last year he now sees his future in the professional ranks.

Baff will now make his professional debut in front of his local fans in Coffs Harbour and fight fans can expect a spectacular night of boxing action.

He is highly rated in many boxing circles and will be under the care of Ray Alexander for the next 12 months.



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