TAKE THAT: Hervey Bay’s Jarrod Fletcher stops Ghanaian Philip Kotey in the sixth round.
TAKE THAT: Hervey Bay’s Jarrod Fletcher stops Ghanaian Philip Kotey in the sixth round. Clive Franklin

Fletch slices down Kotey

HERVEY Bay's Australian middleweight champion Jarrod Fletcher chalked up the 10th KO of his 17-bout professional career after he hammered Ghanaian Philip Kotey in Brisbane on Thursday night.

It took Fletcher, No.4 in the World Boxing Association rankings, only six rounds to bring Kotey's three-year unbeaten record to a crashing halt after a barrage of punches left him trapped on the ropes.

The referee had seen enough, and stepped in to stop the one-sided affair.

"Left Jab" as Fletcher is known in the fight game, had already put Kotey, a winner of his previous seven bouts, including six by KO, on the canvas in the third round.

The dominant performance means Fletcher has now won 16 of his 17 bouts since he joined the fight for pay ranks after the captaining the Australian boxing team at the Beijing Olympics.

Although he won the fight with ease, Fletcher did spill plenty of blood after a nasty head clash opened up a cut just above his right eye - it looked like something out of a horror movie, but Fletcher said looks can be deceiving.

"Mate, it's all good. I didn't need any stitches," Fletcher, who is also the Pan Asian Boxing Association champ, said.

"The doc said it will close up fine, and I am happy about that."

While he did not cop anything from Kotey in the bout, Fletcher was on the receiving end of a spray from the African after he'd won.

"He was carrying on like a right pork chop, saying 'it's not rugby, it's not rugby' suggesting I had held him a lot - I told him you don't hit people in the head when you play rugby," he said.

"I don't know what he was making a song and dance about. I just let him mouth off - it was embarrassing to be honest, mate."

As for his future plans, Fletcher said he was looking forward to enjoying a bit of down time with his young family before resuming training in about a week.

Although there is plenty of talk of Fletcher having a world title bout before the end of the year, he's not thinking about it - that's not his concern.

"I let my management take care of what happens next," he said.

"I'd love nothing more than to have a shot at a world title, but I cannot afford to solely focus on what might be in the future.

"I've got to concentrate on here and now, and take it one fight at a time against whoever that might be against."



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