Skye Nicolson: Born For The Big Stage
The Australian Skye Nicolson now lives a life of relative solitude. The spartan existence a necessary requirement for the dream that lies ahead. The immediate Olympic dream ended in tears and disappointment in a fight that could easily have gone the other way. But Nicolson is still dreaming of wearing gold around her neck.
“It’s really hard to let go of that dream when you have been so close to it,” Nicolson told me not long after the tears freely flowed in Tokyo. Paris isn’t that far away, but in the short term, the Olympic hopeful will enter a new world this Saturday.
Nicolson has left her life in Australia behind, her life now is boxing. Based in the UK and living alone, her sport is now the only focus. No distractions, no excuses, a fighter all in chasing glory in the often murky waters of professional boxing.
The hopes of an Olympic gold medal are still there, but Nicolson told me earlier this year she had gone a little stale and needed a change. A new challenge. Eddie Hearn reached out and Nicolson was given the new lease of life her career needed. It begins this Saturday night in America against the unbeaten Jessica Juarez. A change of opponent but Nicolson intends on serving notice early.
“I really want to make a statement early and show the world that I am here and that I mean business,” her words of intent last month.
Nicolson is aligned with STN Sports, who also have Sandy Ryan under their management umbrella. Ryan is probably the best prospect in the sport, Nicolson is another elite talent on their books. Make no mistake both fighters have very big futures. The new generation of talent is already here.
Nicolson says she was born for the big stage. She is right. An elite prospect, who by the nature of her sport will advance very quickly. Her skills will also help in the swift advancement. Nicolson is too good to be held back for too long. The plan is to stay busy, another fight will likely materialise in April. We might have to get used to seeing Nicolson in action this year.
Saturday and San Diego will be a new beginning, the start of a journey that could very quickly turn into titles. A fighter who likely won’t be content with just one world title to her name. The size of the ambition goes way beyond that.
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