Fletcher will fight to keep belt
BOXING: William Hadlow has won seven fights in his professional boxing career.
Hervey Bay’s Jarrod Fletcher is determined that statistic doesn’t improve.
The pair will stand toe-to-toe at the Hervey Bay PCYC on February 27 and there will be more than bragging rights on the line for the winner.
The Pan Asian Boxing Association middleweight belt, a title Fletcher holds after he crushed New Zealander Dion McNabney in less than two rounds at the Brisbane Convention Centre last December.
That win was the third in as many bouts for Fletcher, the Australian boxing captain at the Beijing Olympics and Melbourne Commonwealth Games gold medallist, since he joined the fight for pay ranks.
But even with that impressive record, Fletcher knows that the 34-year-old Hadlow, who is nicknamed Hardcore, won’t be making the trip from the Gold Coast just to make up the numbers.
“Hadlow is a hard, rough and tough boxer,” Fletcher said after the first of his two daily training sessions in Brisbane yesterday.
“He’s awkward and a seasoned campaigner – he’s also got a big heart.
“I’ve no doubt he’ll do his best to make life tough for me.
“The key for me is that I don’t get involved in the way he fights.
“I’ve got to stick to my guns and box clever.”
The 26-year-old Fletcher said his preparations for the title showdown were going real well.
“I’ve been training the house down,” the former Urangan State High School student said.
“Everything feels great and I cannot wait to get home and put on a show.
“It’s going to be just fantastic to fight in my home city and I won’t let my fans down.
“It’s been five years since I’ve fought at home and it means such a lot to me to get a chance like this.
“I’m really pumped about coming back.”
Tickets for the fight night are available at CNW Electrical Supplies on Boat Harbour Drive, the PCYC and the Hervey Bay Hotel.