Fletcher wins comeback fight
JARROD Fletcher said he was determined to make a fist of his comeback fight.
He did – just ask New Zealander Brad Pole.
Hervey Bay’s Pan Asian Boxing Association middleweight champion made a triumphant return to the ring following his shoulder surgery and he did it in style.
The 27-year-old Fletcher stopped the Kiwi in the third round of their bout at the Brisbane Convention Centre.
It was the fourth fight of Fletcher’s fledgling professional career – it was also his fourth win.
Before the bout, the former Urangan State High School student, whose career looked over in February after he pulled a piece of bone off his right shoulder during a sparring session, said his preparation had been spot on and he was right.
Although Pole kept coming at him, Fletcher’s arsenal proved too much and Pole’s corner had seen enough and threw the towel in earlier in the third.
Not surprisingly, Fletcher said he felt real good about his return to the ring.
“I feel great and so does the shoulder,” Fletcher, who is now hoping to have another bout later this month, said.
“It was a great fight to have first up and everything went to plan – I couldn’t have asked for more.”
Although he won the bout with ease, Fletcher, a Beijing Olympian and Melbourne Commonwealth Games champion, said Pole didn’t make it easy for him.
“He was a really tough boy and he certainly came to fight,” Fletcher said.
“He didn’t back down.”
Fletcher’s father Dave was in the crowd and he liked what he saw.
“Jarrod went better than I thought he would first-up – he was really impressive,” Dave, who started coaching Jarrod as a 10-year-old, said.
“He (Pole) kept walking into a minefield of punches and I thought the referee would have stopped it earlier to be honest.
“Saying that, Jarrod looked great – he’s back for sure.”