Fletcher aims to Pole-axe opponent
JARROD Fletcher admits he doesn’t know much about New Zealander Brad Pole.
You can be sure the Kiwi will discover who Fletcher is when the two stand toe to toe at the Brisbane Convention Centre tomorrow night.
Months of frustration and boredom will ensure that.
Hervey Bay’s Pan Asian Boxing Association middleweight champion will have Pole in his sights when he steps into the ring for the fourth bout of his professional career.
It’s a bout Fletcher cannot wait for; it’s the one that marks his return to the ring eight months after the 27-year-old thought his career was over.
Fletcher’s fledgling professional career looked over in February after he pulled a piece of bone off his right shoulder during a sparring session in Brisbane.
It was the same shoulder the Beijing Olympian and Melbourne Commonwealth Games champion had already undergone two lots of reconstructive surgery on.
The former Urangan State High School student was a broken man but he vowed then not to throw in the towel – he didn’t.
Although he spent months fighting boredom after his surgery, Fletcher won the battle to fight again and fight he will.
Fletcher, who started boxing as a 10-year-old, said he couldn’t wait to hear the sound of the ringside bell again.
“I am so excited I can tell you mate,” Fletcher, who had won all three of his professional bouts before his injury, said.
“There was a stage when I thought I’d never pull on a pair of gloves again – now I am back in business and I intend to make it count.”
As for his shoulder, Fletcher said it felt fantastic.
“My preparation has been spot-on,” he said.
“Everything has gone to plan and I feel so strong. I cannot wait to get back in the ring.”
But how does Fletcher prepare for a bout against someone he doesn’t know much about?
“All I know is he’s rough and tough,” Fletcher said.
“I’ve just got to be level-headed and box clever.”