Richard gets ready for Fletch
BOXING: Judgement Day has arrived.
What will the verdict be at the Hervey Bay PCYC in O’Rourke Street, Pialba tonight?
I’ve got no doubt that it will be a painful sentence handed down to me – well, Jarrod Fletcher will be the man responsible ensuring it will be carried out to the maximum.
The current Pan Asian Boxing Association middleweight champion and Melbourne Commonwealth Games gold medallist and I are stepping into the ring for a charity bout to do our bit to raise some money for the Make A Wish Foundation.
A charity that is close to both our hearts but I think that’s where the charity ends ... for me at least.
You see, I don’t think I will be around when the three, two-minute bout ends and Fletch, who will be sparring with Danny Green in Sydney next week, is mingling with the crowd and signing the full-page souvenir poster that the Chronicle has printed today.
There’s a good chance that I won’t either be there when the 26-year-old potential world champion is posing for pictures with you so make sure you take your cameras along.
I reckon I’ll be seeing stars for sure ... but not the type boxing fans will have the chance to see tonight.
Not only will fight fans get the chance to see their home-town hero in action for the first time in five years back in the Whale City (Fletch, not me) but they will also get to see another couple of quality fighters flex their muscles (not me either).
Fred Mundraby, the Australian bantamweight champion and a stable-mate of Fletcher in Brisbane, will spar against Hervey Bay’s Global Boxing Queensland bantamweight champion, Matthew Casboult, in the first bout of the night.
Fletcher will then warm-up for the main event of the night – our showdown, by putting on a show with the pads in the ring (something I’ve been told not to watch) before he spars with another professional boxer, Damien Mayfield Smith.
Then it will be showtime – Fletcher vs Harvey for the vacant PCYC MMOTC (mismatch of the century) crown.
Fletcher said he was looking forward to adding yet another title to his already impressive resume.
“Mate, it doesn’t get any better than this I can tell you,” he said.
“The chance to have a real crack at you after all these years (me and Fletch have been mates for 10 years – I thought so at least) is all the motivation I need.
“I hope you are ready to get in on from the opening bell – I certainly am.”
As for me, well, let’s just say ... it’s been nice knowing you all.
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