15/04/2024

Super Welterweight Terry Nickolas (right) has made it his mission to fight the best competition available to him - Photo: Terry Nickolas/Facebook

Since turning professional in 2020, Terry Nickolas has had his eyes set on fighting the best competition available at Super Welterweight.

Since making his debut in 2020, Terry Nickolas (2-1, 2 KOs) has attacked boxing’s professional ranks with nothing but immense hunger.

His approach, so far, has been steadfast and the mindset unwavering. Nickolas wants to fight the best competition available and continually test his physical and psychological limits. To him, every journey to the ring should be an opportunity for personal growth and not a foregone conclusion.

Such conviction comes from a lengthy amateur career that saw the 29-year-old compete in over 100 bouts, including at the 2018 Commonwealth games. Overall, Nickolas faced all comers each time he graced the canvas, learning more about himself in the process.

As a result, he does not want to conform and follow a path of ‘tune-up fights’ and ‘record padding’, that so many have walked throughout boxing’s storied history.

“I want to fight the best guys in the division,” Nickolas told The Inner Sanctum.

“I don’t want to pick and choose, to be a guy that’s 10-0 with a clean record.

“We don’t want to go into a fight knowing we’re going to knock the guy out in 30 seconds. What are we getting from that?

“I want to win, but I want to challenge myself to become a better fighter than I am now.”

This attitude was on full display in Nickolas’ last contest, one that proved to be much more frustrating than first planned.

In fighting Jason Medawar (1-3, 1 KO), the Adelaide native was met by an opponent wanting to clinch and hold with little offensive output for the entirety of the four-round bout.

Although the negative tactics were quelled by a fourth-round stoppage victory, the result serves as cold comfort for a fighter committed to taking on the biggest challenges boxing can offer.

Lessons on offer then were very few.

“He definitely didn’t come to fight,” Nickolas said.

“For me, it’s hard because a lot of fighters sacrifice so much time in the gym working hard.

“Coming from a great amateur background, always fighting the best in Australia and world, then the pros, having two good fights. Then you’re going to get a guy who’s not even coming to fight?

“It’s a bit disheartening.

“I pulled a few good things about myself from that fight, a couple of things I need to work on. Now we’re just back in the gym and chasing the dream.”

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In fact, it has been the gym that has helped to foster this game mentality.

As a member of Sydney’s Team Ferocious, Nickolas has spent multiple training camps alongside unified World Lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr (20-0, 10 KOs), who is preparing to face fellow undefeated titleholder Devin Haney (27-0, 15 KOs) on June 5 at Marvel Stadium.

Here, the pair have forged a bond built on seeing the other grow as a fighter.

To borrow a colloquial term often applied to boxing, they are firm in the belief that ‘iron sharpens iron.’ Each man enters a session ready to hold the other to the high standards set.

“We train so hard and we work with each other,” Nickolas lauded.

“We’re surrounded by the best and we want to fight the best, to challenge ourselves.

“George Kambosos has done that, he’s proved himself. I’m going to follow in those footsteps and call out the best, fight the best, and beat the best.

“That’s what it’s about.”

Fighting alongside his teammate on June 5, Nickolas is set to do battle with his most experienced professional opponent to date, in Victoria’s Lachlan Higgins (7-4-1, 2 KOs).

A win would not only add a significant scalp to the trophy cabinet, but also ensure he remains on the path toward his goals.

Fighting the best then is also a reality of the game.

In his envisioned future, Nickolas stands atop the domestic Super Welterweight mountain, taking in the view. The climb, however, is one that requires every ounce of physical and mental energy within.

“By the end of the year, I want to be at the top of my division in Australia and to have the Australian title,” he concluded.

“And [then] just keep fighting the best and beating the best Super Welters in Australia. Then hopefully start off next year to step into the US.

“I think and know I’ll be able to do that.”

Nickolas vs Higgins forms part of the Kambosos Jr vs Haney card at Marvel Stadium on June 5. The blockbuster event can be ordered via Main Event and Kayo, here.

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