Fletcher on right track after win

HERVEY Bay boxer Jarrod Fletcher notched up the fifth win of his professional career on Saturday night.

The 27-year-old went up against Samoan heavy-hitter Peter Tovio at the Fortitude Boxing Club in Brisbane and it was clear from the outset that his opponent had one thing in mind – knocking Fletcher out.

That meant Fletcher had to bide his time and wear his opponent down.

“The guy definitely came to fight,” Fletcher said.

“He came out throwing big haymakers.”

Fletcher said his opponent was aiming to land a knockout punch, knowing how dangerous Fletcher could be after several rounds.

The Samoan fighter, who started boxing again this year after six years out of the ring, was right – but he just couldn’t land the punch and Fletcher’s blocking skills proved to be more than equal to the Samoan’s big hits.

“He was a typical Samoan fighter – I wore him down slowly.

“I couldn’t sit there and trade with him – I just had to box smart.”

Fletcher had done his research prior to the bout and knew Tovio had knocked out an opponent in Perth earlier in the month.

This time it was Fletcher who was awarded a technical knockout, with Tovio unable to return to the ring for the fifth round.

Fletcher has had three shoulder reconstructions in as many years and the most recent one, earlier this year, left his career in doubt.

After two fights since he made his comeback after the surgery, Fletcher says the shoulder has come through both without incident.

“The shoulder has pulled up fine,” he said.

The 2008 Beijing Olympian, who won a gold medal at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games, is looking to get as many fights under his belt as possible over the next year so he can start challenging some of the biggest names in boxing, such as rugby league star-turned-boxer Anthony Mundine, to fight him in the ring.

Fletcher says if he can get about 10 wins under his belt he’ll be in a good position to do it – and now he is halfway there.

Fletcher will have the next few weeks off but will soon be back in the gym preparing for his next fight, which he believes will be some time in February.

“I’ll take it easy over Christmas,” he said.

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