WELL Chris Garry has piked.
So there will be no Obi Wan versus Darth Vadar pyrotechnics on March 1.
The good news (or bad, depending on your point of view), is that Laidley cricket and rugby league player Deni Lee is keen to go toe to toe with yours truly.
It might be bad news for me, judging from the report I received from his cricket captain and league teammate at Laidley, Chris Wilson.
"He's a tough unit for his size," Wilson said of the combative halfback.
"He plays above his weight.
"He holds nothing back."
So I've picked myself a hard fella to blue with, but it gets worse (or better, depending on where you're coming from).
Lee might well be mad, as well as hard, and that's little comfort to a 38-year-old boxing novice who hasn't played competitive sport of any description in 10 years.
"He's pretty chatty on the cricket field," Wilson said.
"He's a bit of a unit."
Then again, I got into this for the challenge so there is no point fighting someone who won't test me out.
I should get a gauge on my prospects soon as Lee and I are teeing up some training together.
The Brothers Cricket Club indigenous middleweight champion Jake "The Snake" Sarra is going to help us out and we've got some sessions teed up with Geoff and Tim Kanofski and Blair Young.
My real test may come next Friday, however, as I'm slated to join the Ipswich State High firsts rugby league team for a training session and I'm sure head coach Lee Addison is looking forward to handing out some punishment.
I might as well get used to it.
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