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Mick the Marmalizer

FA: Agreed I can’t see why Joshua’s divering. Hopefully Tszyu Minor turns pro rapid & takes the traditional Australian/Commonwealth title route.

Posted May 30, 2013 5:49 am 

Fight Aficionado

Thanks for the info Lucius. No way should he wait for 2020 Olympics. Too many guys stay amateur for too long. If he can get into the 2016 games then fine, though I’m not sure if they have an 18+ age policy for boxing. Either way it’s best to go pro once you’re seasoned enough and have good fundamental technique.

Posted May 28, 2013 8:18 pm 


Nikita is at the Australian Institute of Sport this week as part of a Boxing Australia futures camp in preparation for this year’s junior world championships, but admits he wants to turn professional as soon as possible.

That would mean forgoing the chance to claim Australia’s first gold medal in boxing. Nikita is rated as a genuine medal prospect for the 2020 Olympics, by which time he will be 22 years of age

‘I reckon it [the Olympics] will be too late for me, I want to get into pros as early as possible,” Nikita said. ”I want to get to the Commonwealth Games, then go pro.

”My dad did it early, I want to get as much experience in the professionals as I can.”

Already with three national titles under his belt, the 15-year-old makes no secret of his desire to better the feats of the first man to unify the light welterweight division in 30 years.
Nikita lives in Sydney and trains at his dad’s boxing gym with his uncle. ”I talk to dad a lot,” Nikita said. ”Not having him here makes me tougher, motivates me to show my dad that, yes, I’m a good boxer, even without you.

”I don’t really like team sports, I don’t like depending on other people. I work hard by myself and get all the results for myself.”

Whereas Kostya was renowned for his power punching, his young prodigy has built his success by staying on the outside and using his pace to his advantage.

As for what his goals are for the junior world titles in the Ukraine in August, Nikita’s response is simple. ”I’ve got one job, that’s to win the gold,” he said.

Posted May 28, 2013 7:14 pm 


Niks a southpaw !!!

Posted May 28, 2013 7:10 pm 


He’s no more than 14 or 15, with already a couple of Australian titles under his belt. The boy is good and hopefully will ammass a solid amateur record before stepping into the pro. But too early to put him on this website: why add pressure to an already taxing situation? Let him grow as a man and boxer, and then take notice.

Posted May 28, 2013 6:01 pm 

Fight Aficionado

How old is he? This is key info that wasn’t stated. The main problem with Hearns and McCall’s sons is they started boxing late. Even Chavez Jr started a bit late but he’s done better because at least he was still a teen when he started boxing.

Posted May 28, 2013 5:18 pm 

DJ Daz

The pressure on this kid is going to be huge!

Posted May 28, 2013 5:15 pm 

Red Ryan

Well said Mike…

Posted May 28, 2013 4:09 pm 


The repeat of many stories, the son will have grown up with the luxuries that Dad didn’t. Will do ok, until the opponents become half decent…..

Posted May 28, 2013 4:05 pm 

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