Fletcher dislocates shoulder
JARROD Fletcher is a shattered man.
The 26-year-old’s professional boxing career may well be over after he dislocated his right shoulder during a sparring session in Brisbane on Thursday evening.
It’s the same shoulder on which Fletcher has already had two lots of reconstructive surgery.
Hervey Bay’s Olympian and Commonwealth Games champion first had surgery on it after he suffered two dislocations the week before the 2007 World Championships in the United States.
Not surprisingly, Fletcher, who was due to defend his Pan Asian Boxing Association middleweight title during a fight night at the Hervey Bay PCYC next Saturday, which has now been cancelled, said he was struggling to come to grips with what had happened.
“It’s broken my heart, mate,” Fletcher, who has won all three of his professional bouts, said while waiting to see a surgeon yesterday.
“I shed a few tears I can tell you – I’m not ashamed to admit that.
“Being a boxer I’m used to pain but not like this and it hurts so much knowing that I might not fight again – that’s so scary.
“Boxing is my life, my passion and now it’s, well, who knows?
“My body can only take so much and I’ve already had so much surgery on (my shoulder).
“I just don’t know how it would cope – I am just going to take it one day at a time and go with what the medical people say.
“That’s all I can do because I have no other choice.”
Despite feeling so down and out, Fletcher, who joined the professional ranks after his dream of representing Australia in an Olympics came true in Beijing, was still thinking about his fans on the Fraser Coast.
“I was really looking forward to coming home to fight in front of them because they have supported me so much over the years,” the former Urangan State High School student said.
“I wanted to repay them for their faith in me by giving a good performance but now this has happened and I’m sorry that I won’t be able to do what I wanted to.
“But I guess you could say that’s sport.
“One day you feel as though you are on top of the world and then you can hit rock bottom the next.”