Bowyn Morgan will miss Christmas with his partner and three kids after fighting Tim Tszyu in Sydney due to New Zealand’s strict COVID-19 quarantine measures.
Morgan, 31, will fight Tszyu on December 16, before flying home for a mandatory two-week hotel quarantine.
If he leaves the day after the fight, the earliest he’ll be allowed out is December 31.
It’s a huge sacrifice for the biggest opportunity of his career, and one that’s driving the 2014 Commonwealth Games representative to push even harder in his preparation.
“We’re arriving in Sydney five days before the fight, but the big one is coming back,” Morgan told Sporting News.
“We have to quarantine for two weeks on the way back. That means isolation for Christmas.
“At the moment, there’s been talks on this side that everything’s closed. Everything’s booked up isolation-wise, because people do want to come back and have Christmas here – all the Kiwis.
“We are jumping through a few hoops with that.”
Morgan is no stranger to the big stage, having fought on a couple of Joseph Parker undercards in Auckland and Christchurch, but an opportunity to headline a stadium card against the rising star of Australian boxing will be highlight of his professional career by some margin.