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Jarrod is ready to rumble again

Australian middleweight champion Jarrod Fletcher will defend his title next month.
Australian middleweight champion Jarrod Fletcher will defend his title next month. Contributed

JARROD Fletcher has put his Australian middleweight belt on the line for the first time.

The 28-year-old Hervey Bay boxer has no intention of letting Les Piper wear it around his waist though.

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Fletcher, or "Left Jab" as he is known, will stand toe-to-toe with the Gold Coast-based Piper in Victoria on April 20.

The showdown with Piper will be less than two months after Fletcher won the belt after beating Johannes Mwetupunga on a unanimous points decision in Melbourne.

That victory meant Fletcher has now won all 11 of his bouts, including seven by KO, since turning professional after the Beijing Olympics.

Piper, 28, has won 14 of his 26 bouts and he has a reputation for doing something Fletcher said he doesn't want a piece of.

"Mate, he's a brawler," the 2006 Commonwealth Games middleweight gold medallist said.

"He's as tough as nails and he's got a big heart.

"He'd love nothing more than to get me fighting as though we are in a street somewhere - that's his style.

"I won't be having any of it.

"I've got to box smart from the start and not get involved with him.

"I'll keep moving and pick him off as I go."

The bout will be shown live on FOX Sports.

After the bout with Piper, Fletcher said he was aiming to get a shot at Australian super-middleweight champion Omar Shaick.

"I've been chasing him for a long time."

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