Fletcher keen to fight back
JARROD Fletcher feels like a caged lion.
Boredom doesn’t normally feature in the life of the 26-year-old professional boxer – it is now and he hates every minute of it.
Hervey Bay’s Pan Asian Boxing Association middleweight champion is struggling to come to terms with his new way of life following his shoulder operation last week.
A life that means Fletcher cannot go anywhere near his beloved gym.
It’s something he’s finding hard to adapt to but that’s not surprising when you consider the Beijing Olympian and Melbourne Commonwealth Games champion has been training at least twice a day since he first started boxing as a 10-year-old.
Fletcher had to have surgery after he pulled a piece of bone off his right shoulder during a sparring session in Brisbane.
It was the same shoulder he had already undergone two lots of reconstructive surgery on.
This time around he had four hours of surgery and he’s hoping to get some good news when he goes back to see the surgeon today and have his dressings changed.
“The operation went good, well, that’s what the surgeon told me last week,” said the former Urangan State High School student, who spent two nights in hospital after his operation.
“Hopefully things haven’t changed since then but what I do know is that the pain is starting to settle down and that’s a relief.
“It (the pain) has been terrible I can tell you and I’ve really struggled to sleep at night.
“I’ve felt really down and I hate being like that but there’s nothing I can do about it.”
But Fletcher may have cause to feel a bit happier today and it’s his surgeon who will be able to let that be the case.
“If all goes well today hopefully I might be able to find out what the go is,” Fletcher said.
“I already know that it (his shoulder) will need at least another two months of rest – I am not looking forward to that at all.
“I just want to be able to do something though, something other than reading books.”
However, Fletcher did say that reading wasn’t all that bad.
“I’ve been reading the book Lance Armstrong wrote – look what he’s done,” he said.
“He beat cancer and made a comeback so that is giving me some inspiration to fight back.”
‘I’ve felt really down and I hate being like that but there’s nothing I can do about it.’