Fletcher wins his first title

IT WAS the biggest fight of his professional boxing career but Jarrod Fletcher made it look easy when he stopped Dion McNabney in round two at the Brisbane Convention Centre on Friday night.

Hervey Bay’s middleweight boxing champion captured the PABA 160 pound title when McNabney was counted out after being dropped by a hard body shot.

There was little time for Fletcher to celebrate – the next day he was best man at his best friend’s wedding.

After a hectic two days, Fletcher said that winning the title was yet to sink in.

“It went really well,” he said of the bout.

The 25-year-old was expecting a tougher contest from McNabney, a 34-year-old Kiwi.

McNabney took the title when he upset Iau Kamisak, a talented boxer, in the fourth round in Vanuatu last month.

But McNabney gave Fletcher little trouble during their short contest.

“I just felt really comfortable out there.

“I expected it to be a little tougher.

“It just all came together – I had a great preparation.”

The fight was Fletcher’s third professional bout and so far he is three from three.

Because of his imposing reputation as an amateur boxer, Fletcher has had some trouble attracting opponents since he turned professional, with several pulling out just before they were due to pull on the gloves and fight the former Olympian.

But now that he has a title attracting opponents will be a lot easier, he said.

“It will be much easier to get fights now.

“If they want the title they will have to face me.

“It’s a bit of incentive for them to fight me now.”

As for the wedding, Fletcher said a great day was enjoyed by his best mate, Clancy Fallon, and he had twice the reason to celebrate.

“It all went well.”

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