Fletcher to box rival at home
JARROD Fletcher is aiming to deliver a night to remember for Fraser Coast boxing fans early next year.
The 26-year-old is coming home to defend the first title he won in his fledgling professional career.
The former Urangan State High School student will step into the ring at the Hervey Bay PCYC on February 27 and his Pan Asian Boxing Association middleweight belt will be on the line.
Fletcher won the belt after outclassing New Zealander Dion McNabney at the Brisbane Convention Centre last month.
The former Olympic boxing captain and Melbourne Commonwealth Games gold medallist took less than two rounds to demolish the Kiwi, the previous holder of the belt.
A huge body blow from Fletcher just one minute into round two ended McNabney’s hopes of the night.
That impressive win meant Fletcher has won all three of his fights since he joined the professional ranks this year – he doesn’t intend for that impressive statistic to come to an end back in his home city.
“It’s been over five years since I last had a fight back home so it’s going to be really special to have this one there I can tell you,” Fletcher, who started boxing when he was 10, said just after finishing training in Brisbane yesterday.
“It’s going to mean such a lot to me – I can’t wait to be honest.
“The people of Hervey Bay have supported me so much throughout my career over the years so this is a great chance for me to thank them for that support.
“I am stoked to have the opportunity to fight in front of them and I hope I do them proud with a good performance.”
Just who Fletcher will glove up against is yet to be confirmed but Fletcher said whoever it was will have their work cut out.
“Mate, I am itching to have another bout and I’m not about to give up something I’ve just won,” he said.
Fletcher said he won’t be the only former Olympian on the card on the night.
“Todd Kidd, a team-mate of mine in Beijing, will be making his professional debut,” Fletcher said.
“It’s going to be a first class night of big time boxing.”