Missing Christmas with his three young daughters was one gut punch Kiwi boxer Bowyn Morgan was willing to absorb.
But spending an extra week away from his young family due to not having a Covid-19 managed isolation voucher until December 24, feels like a low blow ahead of his super welterweight showdown against unbeaten Australian star Tim Tszyu at Bankwest Stadium.
Morgan (21-1) and his longtime trainer Phil Shatford leave Christchurch on December 11 ahead of the December 16 fight – that is a co-main event with the heavyweight contest between Mark Hunt and Paul Gallen.
Morgan and Shatford hoped to leave Sydney the following morning, enabling them to exit managed isolation in New Zealand on December 30.
Instead, they will arrive back in New Zealand on Christmas Eve and will not taste freedom from managed isolation until January 8.
That means if Tszyu and Morgan go the distance in the 10 round fight for Tszyu’s WBO Global and IBF Australasian titles, Morgan will essentially spend one day away from home for every minute he fights.