Richard Harvey will take on Jarrod Fletcher for charity.
Richard Harvey will take on Jarrod Fletcher for charity.

Harvey puts body on line for kids

I’VE DONE some real silly things in my life.

Bungy jumping comes high up the list, facing an over from New Zealand fast bowler Danny Morrison in his prime is not far behind, while getting in a speedway car still makes me break out in a cold sweat.

There was even the time I took on Australian cycling representative Hayden Josefski – my legs still have nightmares over that.

But now I’ve agreed to do something that leaves all of the above lagging well behind.

I still cannot believe I’m doing it to be honest.

You see, I am going to step into a boxing ring for a bout, a bout that could be the longest six minutes of my life or the last of it.

I will stand toe-to-toe, well, before the opening bell sounds at least, with none other than Jarrod Fletcher at the Hervey Bay PCYC at 6pm on February 11.

The three, two-minute round showdown is to help raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation.

My mate Jarrod (please take notice Fletch) is coming home to defend his Pan Asian Boxing Association middleweight title at the same venue on February 27 and his visit in a couple of weeks time is part of his promotion for it, a sort of meet and greet for fans.

I don’t think my greeting will somehow be the same once that bell rings for the opening round.

I’ve known Jarrod for 10 years now and I was hoping that would count for something – I was wrong.

“Mate, that means nothing when we step in the ring,” he said yesterday.

“We’ll be getting it on for sure.”

Now my stomach was really turning because I was there when he won gold in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne – I saw how destructive he is.

He’s also won his first three fights as a pro by knockouts.

Now I am putting my body well and truly on the line.

He did give me some advice which was really decent of him I thought.

“Keep your gloves up mate and shave your facial hair off – they can’t stitch through that.”



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