Hervey Bay boxer Jarrod Fletcher will take on Samoan boxer Peter Tovio in Brisbane tonight.
Hervey Bay boxer Jarrod Fletcher will take on Samoan boxer Peter Tovio in Brisbane tonight. VALERIE HORTON

Fletcher to take on Tovio

AFTER the third shoulder reconstruction in as many years, the career of Hervey Bay’s boxing sensation Jarrod Fletcher could have been all but over.

Instead he is back and looking better than ever.

The former Urangan State High School student won his comeback fight against New Zealander Brad Pole at the beginning of the month and on Saturday night he is aiming to win the fifth fight of his professional career against Peter Tovio.

The fight will take place in Brisbane at the Fortitude Boxing Club.

Although Fletcher, 27, is amazed he has been able to get his shoulder right and fit in two fights before the end of the year, the surgery left no dent in his trademark confidence.

Although he is currently looking further down the road – aiming to keep up his winning streak and challenge high-profile boxers such as Anthony Mundine – he never forgets what he still has to do to get there.

That is why he has spent the past few weeks focusing on his next opponent and getting himself set for the challenge.

Tovio will provide a test for the Hervey Bay boxer and it’s one he isn’t taking lightly.

The Samoan boxer is a hard hitter and Fletcher knows he will be a tough opponent in the ring.

Tovio quit boxing for six years but he made a recent return to the sport and has fought and won two fights already this year.

“He’s a good contender,” Fletcher said.

“I can’t wait. It’s a quick turnaround but I’m feeling good.”

Fletcher, a Commonwealth Games champion who turned pro after competing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, pulled up a little sore after his last bout but wasn’t about to let that hold him back. He is looking to get as many fights under his belt as quickly as possible, and hopes to have another fight in February.

His team has been chasing hard, setting up more opponents for Fletcher, helping him to build his profile and get the recognition he needs to challenge the best in the business.

“I didn’t expect to have another fight this year,” he said.

“I’ve got the right people around me. I’m still not back to 100 per cent and I’ve got a lot of improving left in me.”

Fletcher’s dad, Dave, who started coaching him when he was 10, has organised a bus for Fraser Coast fans who would like to see him in action.

Tickets cost $130 which includes food, drinks and the return trip. Dave can be contacted on 0412 561 656. The bus will leave from the Kondari Hotel in Urangan at 2pm today.

‘I didn’t expect to have another fight this year.’ – Hervey Bay boxer Jarrod Fletcher.



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