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Jarrod Fletcher could be hours away from being world champ

READY TO RUMBLE: Jarrod Fletcher will give it his best shot when he faces Max Bursak.
READY TO RUMBLE: Jarrod Fletcher will give it his best shot when he faces Max Bursak. Finish Line Images

HERVEY Bay's Jarrod Fletcher's dream of becoming a world champion could be realised in Monte Carlo in the early hours of tomorrow.

And the Australian middleweight champion has no intention of letting Ukrainian Max Bursak turn it into a nightmare.

He's sacrificed so much in his life to let this golden opportunity slip through his talented hands.

"Left Jab" as Fletcher is known in the fight game, will stand toe-to-toe with Bursak, the European champion, in the World Boxing Association interim world title bout.

Fletcher has won 17 of his 18 professional bouts, 10 by KO, while Bursak, has chalked up 29 victories in his 31 bouts, including 12 by KO. He also has a draw and a single loss on his resume.

The 30-year-old Fletcher, who started boxing when he was 10 under the guidance of his father Dave at the Hervey Bay Boxing Club, told APN this was his time, and he knew what he had to do to bring the belt home.

"Mate, I plan to leave it all in the ring - there is no other option," said Fletcher, No.3 in the WBA rankings before heading off for the weigh-in.

"I've worked so bloody hard for so long now to get this opportunity and there is absolutely no way I am going to waste it."

But how is Fletcher, who joined the fight for pay ranks after captaining the Aussie team in the Beijing Olympics, feeling ahead of the show down?

"I am pumped mate," said the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

"Everything has gone to plan and my preparation has been faultless. I'm the fittest I've ever been.

"There is no doubt that he (Bursak) is a very tough boy, but if I put it all together I will be sweet.

"I am itching to get in there and we are confident of getting the job done.

"I'm feeling really sharp and I have never felt more ready for a fight."

Part of Fletcher's preparation has been hours spent watching footage of Bursak, who rarely fights outside of his hometown of Kiev.

"He, like me, had a huge amateur career, so he's very, very experienced," said the former Urangan SHS student.

"He's got what it takes to go the distance (12 rounds), but I've got a solid game plan."

GET BEHIND OUR CHAMPION

  • Jarrod Fletcher's world title fight will be shown on Foxtel's Main Event channel tomorrow, starting at 3am (AEST).
  • The Hervey Bay boxer's showdown against Ukraine's Max Bursak for the World Boxing Association interim world title belt is on the Gennady Golovkin v Osumanu Adama card.
  • To book, visit mainevent.com.au.

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