Fletcher fighting fit for Bay bout
JARROD Fletcher is setting his sights high.
He’s currently ranked number five in the Australian middleweight ratings – the Hervey Bay professional boxer is aiming to be number one.
To do that, the 26-year-old will have to dislodge the fighter who resides at the top of the ladder, The Man, Anthony Mundine.
Fletcher isn’t running scared about the prospect of standing toe-to-toe with the three-time world champion, someone who hasn’t been beaten for five years.
“I’d love to have a crack at him for sure,” Fletcher said.
“He doesn’t worry me at all.”
But when does Fletcher think he’d have a shot at Mundine?
“Hopefully I will be able to do it sooner rather than later because he won’t be around forever,” Fletcher said.
“Maybe I’ll have a chance next year if it all goes to plan this year.”
Before Fletcher, the Australian boxing captain at the Beijing Olympics and Melbourne Commonwealth Games gold medallist, can shape up for a showdown with Mundine, he’s going to be doing his best to impress on the Fraser Coast.
He’s coming home to Hervey Bay to defend his Pan Asian Boxing Association middleweight belt, the first title he won in his fledgling professional career, at the PCYC on February 27.
The former Urangan State School student won the belt after outclassing New Zealander Dion McNabney in less than two rounds at the Brisbane Convention Centre in December.
That victory win meant Fletcher has now won all three of his fights since he joined the professional ranks last year and he’s got no intention of that impressive record coming to an end in his city.
“I haven’t had a fight at home for over five years now so I can’t wait to step in the ring back there,” Fletcher, who started boxing under the guidance of his father Dave when he was 10, said.
“I have had so much support from the people of Hervey Bay throughout my career so this will be really something special fighting in front of them.”
Just who Fletcher will glove up against is yet to be confirmed but Fletcher said he didn’t care.
“I don’t care who it is – I let my manager worry about that,” Fletcher said.
“I’m just focused on being in the best possible shape I can be and I’ve been going good in my sparring sessions.”
Tickets for the night are available at CNW Electrical Supplies on Boat Harbour Drive, the PCYC and the Hervey Bay Hotel.