Nathaniel May has the letters C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N tattooed on his fingers.
But there’s one thing stopping the boxing prodigy on his road to realising that dream: he can’t find a training partner.
May, 21, and fellow professional boxer Brandon Ogilvie last week travelled 4,000 kilometres from Bunbury, Western Australia, to Sydney in a bid to find people to fight them.
The two Indigenous stars are preparing for bouts on April 8, but need proper sparring partners to ensure they are ready to step in to the ring.
“The people in Perth, they just don’t want to spar,” May said.
“We had a few good sparring partners and me and Brandon gave them a bit of a touch up and yeah they didn’t want to come back again.”
Professional boxer Nathaniel May, from Bunbury, Western Australia, shows off his tattoos. (ABC News: Riley Stuart)
The trio made the trip last week in an effort to get a decent workout and while that might sound extreme, Stokes has previously taken his fighters to Los Angeles in a bid to get their training right.
“It’s very frustrating, we need sparring leading up to big fights,” Ogilvie said.
“We need to be in that ring, and working hard, before our fights. It’s pretty tough.”
‘They have to be disciplined’
Stokes is an experienced coach and has trained under legendary American boxing mastermind Freddie Roach, who prepared Manny Pacquiao for his 2015 bout against Floyd Mayweather in what was dubbed “the fight of the century”.
May, a featherweight, is fighting for the IBF Pan Pacific title, but his future is also overseas.