Fletcher wins fight to save career
JARROD Fletcher has never been a quitter.
Giving up are a couple of words the 26-year-old professional boxer doesn’t know the meaning of and he’s proved it now.
Hervey Bay’s Pan Asian Boxing Association middleweight champion has won the fight of his life, the fight to box again.
Seven months ago, Fletcher’s fledgling professional career looked over after he pulled a piece of bone off his right shoulder during a sparring session in Brisbane.
It was the same shoulder the Beijing Olympian and Melbourne Commonwealth Games champion had already undergone two lots of reconstructive surgery on.
The former Urangan State High School student was a broken man but he vowed not to throw in the towel.
He had surgery in February and the operation went well.
So Fletcher, who had won all three of his professional bouts, started the long recovery and it’s a journey that has now paid off.
Fletcher will step into the ring again in Brisbane on October 29.
He doesn’t know who he will fight – that’s not important.
What counts is that his career is no longer on the ropes.
Fletcher, who started boxing as a 10-year-old, said he couldn’t wait to hear the sound of the ringside bell again.
“Mate, I am so excited,” he said.
“I really thought my career was over in February – I shed more than a few tears, I can tell you.
“Now, well, it’s like a dream come true.
“Saying that, it hasn’t been easy waiting to hear what the surgeon had to say.
“When he gave me the green light I couldn’t wait to get going again.”
Fletcher is now back in the gym throwing punches after doing months on the bike, plenty of footwork and doing weights on his lower body to keep fit.
“I feel so strong, probably the strongest I have ever been and the shoulder feels fantastic,” he said.
“The key for me now is to get my confidence back and I am sure that will come with the more sparring I have.
“I am so pleased with how things are and I am so looking forward to resuming my career, one I really thought was gone not all that long ago.
“This moment has made the long periods of boredom so worth it.
“Boxing has always been my life so it has been real hard being away from it.
“I’ve never been a quitter, though, and I never gave up.”