George Kambosos’ team was rocked just days before Marvel Stadium mega-fight after a tragic death just three days before showtime.
Team Kambosos was dealing with a brutal tragedy on the eve of his undisputed world title fight after the death of his best mate’s brother just days before the event.
Terry Nickolas, who fought on the undercard of the Kambosos-Haney fight and is part of Team Ferocious, lost his brother Angelo to cancer just three days before the fight.
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However, it was revealed in the coverage that it was the dying wish of Angelo that Terry take to the ring and that his family were there to watch.
The 29-year-old fought against Lachlan Higgins, fighting out a majority draw in one of the fights of the afternoon.
Before Nickolas’ fight on Main Event, Gerard Whateley spoke of the tragic passing.
“The family is dealing with devastation in the past couple of days — Terry’s brother passed away from a cancer battle a couple of days ago and that his dying wish was that Terry take to the ring and the family come from Adelaide to be here for it,” Whateley explained.
“It’ll be an emotional few minutes ahead.”
Paul Kent said that the emotion can do “strange things” and find extra energy due to the heightened emotion.
It was an incredible performance especially considering the circumstances for Nickolas.
Nickolas is managed by George Kambosos’ father Jim and trains as a member of Team Ferocious.
After the fight, Nickolas took to Instagram, thanking his sponsors and paying tribute to his brother in an emotional post.
“I’d like to dedicate this fight to my brother Angelo, rest in peace brother,” Terry said. “I’ll never stop fighting for you man and I’ll always make you proud no matter what. I love you man and I’m going to miss you and nothing is ever going to be the same without you.”
He also thanked everyone for the well wishes after his brother’s death.
The comments flooded in for the post, including from Kambosos himself after losing his belts and the undisputed lightweight championship of the world.
“Love ya brother, only few now what you went though this week and you showed more heart than anyone ive ever seen, love ya brother. RIP Angelo,” Kambosos commented.