Abe Archibald struggles to shake a case of déjà vu as he sits to wrap his hands.
Because three months after the promising Guyra product relocated to Canberra he found himself in the ring with local pugilist Jorge Kapeen with a state title on the line.
Wind the clock forward all these years, and in three months' time they're going to do it all again - but the stakes are so much higher.
This time Kapeen (2-0) will put his ANBF NSW welterweight title on the line against Archibald (4-0-1, 1NC) in the Capital Fight Show 19 main event on February 28.
It looms as perhaps the biggest hometown showdown ever seen on a CFS card with the bout coming just months before the National Boxing Series rolls into town for a live show on Fox Sports.
They're mates. They've been sparring partners. They're both hometown favourites. But all of that will go out the window come February.
"It's a big opportunity. I've always dreamt of winning titles as a professional and I have put in years of work," Archibald said.
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"I started boxing at the age of five, I started competing at the age of 11. I've had around 100 fights now.
"Right now I've just got to implement my strength and conditioning, and my diet, and it will all come together.
"It's a big opportunity to move forward in the sport. I'm expecting there to be a great atmosphere and I'm excited to be headlining it.
"Since I was young I have always dreamt of being in the main event on pro cards, so I am keen as mustard."
Archibald will drop down a weight class for his shot at the blue strap having spent the bulk of his six-fight career at super welterweight.
We know each other very well, but sparring is sparring and fighting is fighting.Abe Archibald
The 28-year-old is confident he can meet the 66.68 kilogram limit - just as confident as he is of walking out of a heaving Hellenic Club with a new belt around his waist.
"I was between weight classes and as it worked out, I made a decision to go down to that weight class and Jorge is the man with the belt," Archibald said.
"I've sparred with Tim Tszyu, who is probably the No. 1 super welterweight in the country right now and I have got the skills to compete in that division.
"However the size difference was a big difference, so I went and consulted a dietician and a sports scientist. They did a few tests on me and said welterweight is achievable.
"We've put a plan in place to do it and do it strong.
"We know each other very well, but sparring is sparring and fighting is fighting. They're two completely different things.
"In camp, blokes are working on stuff, you're fatigued from the training load and they're nursing injuries.
"We do know each other very well, but the versions of ourselves we will see on fight night will be a major difference."
The welterweight title is one of two NSW championships on the line come February 28.
Cameroonian refugee Arsene Fosso (3-0) will take on Patrick Thunder (1-4-1) for the vacant NSW heavyweight strap as he continues his impressive rise.