Fletcher hits home tonight

JARROD Fletcher celebrated his 27th birthday on Wednesday.

Fraser Coast boxing fans will have great chance to wish the Beijing Olympian and Melbourne Commonwealth Games champion belated congratulations tonight. They will also see how he's shaping up ahead of the fourth professional fight of his career.

Hervey Bay's Pan Asian Boxing Association middleweight champion will take on New Zealander Brad Pole at the Brisbane Convention Centre on October 30 and he is back home for a public sparring session at the Hervey Bay Hotel in Pialba at 7pm.

Fletcher will glove up against another boxer who will appear on the card next week, Dean Mikelj.

The sparring session marks a welcome return to the ring for the former Urangan State High School student.

Eight months ago, Fletcher's fledgling professional career looked over after he “pulled a piece of bone” off his right shoulder during a sparring session in Brisbane.

It was the same shoulder on which he had already undergone two lots of reconstructive surgery.

But that was then and this is now, and Fletcher said he's raring to go.

“Mate, I feel so strong, probably the strongest I have ever been and the shoulder feels fantastic,” said Fletcher, who has won all three of his professional bouts to date.

“I am really looking forward to showing the people back home how good I feel – it will be a great session for sure.

“We'll put in six or so good rounds so it will be a good show and great viewing.”

But how is Fletcher finding life back in the ring following his surgery?

“I am still a bit tentative but the more sparring I do, the more confident I feel,” he said.

“Put it this way, I am not thinking about it (his shoulder) as much as I did at first – that's a good thing.”

Admission tonight is $5 and two tickets for Fletcher's comeback fight will be the lucky door prize.



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