Harvey fights Fletcher for charity
AFTER three two-minute rounds in the ring with Hervey Bay boxing sensation Jarrod Fletcher, Chronicle sports editor Richard Harvey had only one thing to say.
“That was the longest six minutes of my life,” he said between gasps of breath last night.
Harvey came out strong in the bout, which raised money for the Make a Wish Foundation, landing a few early shots.
But Fletcher, the current Pan Asian Boxing Association champ, showed his speed and left the British bulldog swinging at air on several occasions.
A low blow from Fletcher in the first round had Harvey appealing for a decision – but sadly it wasn’t to come and Harvey was left to endure another four minutes of punishment from the Commonwealth Games gold medallist.
As Harvey said, 10 years of friendship between the pair counted for nothing when they stepped into the ring.
“It didn’t even count for a minute,” he said.
“Now I know what staring death in the eye really looks like.
“He can land a punch on a 10 cent piece.”
But a gallant Harvey was able to hold his own and despite a consistent flurry of punches from the talented Olympian he “never went down and never backed off”.
Fletcher was impressed by Harvey’s tenacity in the ring but wryly suggested sticking to the media industry might be a good idea for Harvey from now on.
He said Harvey had a great sense of humour and the bout was carried out in a great spirit.
Now he can’t wait to fight competitively in front of his home crowd.
He will take on William Hadlow, 34, at Hervey Bay’s PCYC on February 27.
“It’s going to be sensational,” he said last night.
He is also hoping to get a few more fights – and hopefully a few more wins – under his belt this year before eyeing off a potential bout with Anthony Mundine in 2011.
“I’d love to,” he said.
“That’s something we’re really going to look for.”
Earlier last night, Hervey Bay boxer Matthew Casboult, 16, took to the ring to spar an Australian boxing champion, Fred Mundraby.
Mundraby is the reigning Australian bantamweight champion.
The Queensland title holder held his own during the sparring session, after which his mum Linda, who will soon make her boxing debut at the PCYC, stepped into the ring and sparred for a round with the champ.