Fletcher is up for the fight
JARROD Fletcher may live to fight another day – if a leading Brisbane surgeon has anything to do with it.
Fletcher’s professional boxing career looked to be on the ropes so to speak last week after he dislocated his right shoulder during a sparring session on Thursday evening.
It was same shoulder he had already undergone two lots of reconstructive surgery on.
But the injury, which was at first thought to be potentially career ending, may turn out not to be that.
The 26-year-old actually pulled a piece of bone off his shoulder and it was not related to his previous shoulder injuries.
He went under the knife for four hours in a Brisbane hospital yesterday in a bid to have it fixed but not before he explained what he was about to have done.
“They are going to hopefully fuse the bone together and move some more bone from somewhere else in my body to help strengthen it,” Fletcher, who had planned to defend his Pan Asian Boxing Association middleweight title in Hervey Bay this week before he got injured, said.
“It sounds complicated I know mate but I’ll do anything at this stage to try and save my career.”
If the surgery is a success, Fletcher said he wasn’t going to rush back into the ring any time soon.
“You just cannot do that in this game,” Hervey Bay’s Olympian and Commonwealth Games champion said.
“No matter how much I want or desire to get back fighting, to try and do that would simply be stupid and I’ve got no intention of doing that.
“I’ve just got to bide my time and take it one day at a time – that’s all I can do.
“If it (the surgery) goes well I will have plenty of rehabilitation to do before I can even contemplate thinking about pulling on the gloves again.
“Hopefully, and I say hopefully, I’ll get another shot at making a career out of this game but we’ll just have to wait and see.
“It’s a waiting game now but it’s one I’ll wait for a long time to win.
“I’m not about to hang up the gloves without a fight I can tell you mate.”
Fletcher’s coach Steve Deller said he was sure his young charge would make a fist of his battle to overcome his injury.
“He was looking absolutely world class before this happened and has the skill and determination to come back better than ever,” Deller said.