Beau Hartas has been a fighter since he was 10 days old.
Since he was at a high risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Since the moment his mother rushed into the room to revive him when he stopped breathing.
So it seems fitting that middleweight Hartas feels so comfortable inside a boxing ring, because "I've always had that fighting spirit, I never take the easy road".
Hartas (6-1) will end a near six-month wait when he returns against Adam Stowe (6-2-2) at Capital Fight Show 19 at the Hellenic Club of Canberra on February 28.
He will do so with a trademark nickname emblazoned on his trunks, The Mumma's Boy. The origins of the name are simple to understand.
His parents lost their first-born child when they were just 21 years old, and Hartas showed similar symptoms of infant sleep apnea following his birth years later.
He was flown to Sydney for treatment when he was 10 days old, and there the battles began.
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"My mum had to revive me a few times in front of my brothers when I was young," Hartas said.
"I had a breathing apparatus, every time I breathed in it would beep, and every time I would breathe out, it would beep.
"A few times that stopped, and mum had to run in in front of my brothers. It wasn't good for them to see that, they were pretty young themselves.
"Our family is really close. All I had then was them, when you're a baby you can't do anything. You've got to rely on the people around you, and our family has a lot of trust in each other and a lot of love.
"[My parents] lost their first child, so for them to go through that so young, my parents were 21 years old.
"For them to go through that and come back and have three awesome boys and to be so happy and proud of what they have, it's just amazing to even think about.
"For them to live through that hell and be on the other side, and to be happy, it's pretty amazing for me."
So they will be in the back of Hartas' mind during his upcoming bout. So too will his wife Lauren and daughter Stella.
It looms as a major opportunity with a landmark event broadcast live on Fox Sports hitting the capital in June.
Capital Fight Show promoter Nick Boutzos has signed a deal with Dean Lonergan of D&L Events to bring the National Boxing Series to Canberra.
Two of Lonergan's prospects will fill the main and co-main event slots, leaving just three bouts open for Canberra fighters to force their way onto the televised portion of the card.
Boutzos will still host a full card on the night, however the remainder of the bouts will not be televised.
So the message is simple: shine in February, and you could be under the bright lights of live television in June.
"It's a huge opportunity. All I've got to do is go in and show what I can do in this fight, and shine like I have been, and then the one in June is on the table," Hartas said.
"I'm coming for him, the bloke in June, I'm coming for him. There is a name.
"Because we're such a small little territory, we don't really get recognised for the potential of the boxers we have here, even though boxing is huge in Canberra and a lot of the boxers are really good.
"We've got some guns in Canberra that are in the top 10 in Australia, so to get an opportunity like that is massive.
"This is going to be the year that puts me ahead of the pack, gets my name out there and puts some attention on me.
"I'm looking forward to that, and bigger and better things are to come from it."