Enja Prest is in a frustrating holding pattern: the estimated time of arrival uncertain.
With her scheduled professional debut in Sydney on Saturday cancelled last week due to the pandemic, the 29-year-old Gunnedah fighter's long wait to launch her pro career has continued.
It has been a year since Prest's last fight, when she won the national super welterweight amateur championship.
It is hoped that her longtime partner, Wade Ryan, will defend his recently won Australian super welterweight title at Gunnedah in March.
If that fight goes ahead, Prest hopes to make her long-awaited pro debut on the card.
She said: "It's pretty hard at the moment to train and plan anything, from a promoter's side and from a fighter's side as well.
"But we're holding on to the hope that I will be able to fight on March 27, which would be our local show here in Gunnedah."
Prest hails from Dubbo and has a horse racing background, riding track work for the likes of the late Bart Cummings and for Gai Waterhouse.
Her father, Mick, is a former rugby league prop who played two games for South Sydney in 1980 and also played for NSW Country.
Prest relocated to Gunnedah to be with Ryan and train under his longterm mentor, David Syphers. She commenced boxing in her mid-20s.
Her career in recent times had been a "roller-coaster", she said.
Not fighting for so long was "disappointing", she said, then added: "But everyone's in the same boat."