SOUTHPAW STAR HAS BIG FUTURE
By MITCHELL DALE
COFFS Harbour boxing trainer Terry Baff has heaped praise on young southpaw Kyle Nicol, saying there wouldn't be too many fighters in the 14-year-old's weight and age division capable of stopping him.
Baff says the hard-hitting Woolgoolga High School student has a bright future ahead of him if he stays fit and motivated.
"I'm very happy with how Kyle is going," Baff says.
"If he puts 100 per cent into his training, he'll go a long way.
"I don't think there would be too many 14-year-olds around better than him and he is a southpaw, too, which makes him a difficult opponent."
Nicol will make his debut in the ring on the undercard of Friday's monster fight night at Coffs Ex-Services club, which features locals Justin Clements and Daniel Baff in the main bouts.
Baff is confident his young charge will win, and win easily.
"If he doesn't come away with a gold medal (on Friday), there is something wrong," Baff said.
"I would almost predict a stoppage."
Similarly, Nicol likes his chances on Friday.
"I'm pretty amped up for it," he said.
"I'm feeling fit and I'm pretty confident."
Another of Baff's charges, Daniel Parkin, was also scheduled to fight on the undercard, but has been forced to withdraw after having his appendix removed last week.
Baff praised the work ethic of 19-year-old Parkin, a former schoolboy rugby union star.
"Mate, he's a good trainer, he always gives his all," Baff says.
"He picks things up very well and his fitness level is very high.
"He's improving all the time."
n AIS squad-member Daniel Baff's scheduled opponent for Friday night, New Zealander Sol Ponsenberry, has pulled out after having trouble obtaining a visa.
Ponsenberry has been replaced by Papua New Guinea heavyweight Rudi Suchanik.
Baff, who normally fights as a light heavyweight, will step up to the heavyweight division to fight Suchanik, who represented PNG at last year's Oceanic Titles.