Australian boxer Jarrod Fletcher lands a big hit on Ghanaian Philip Kotey during their fight in May.
Australian boxer Jarrod Fletcher lands a big hit on Ghanaian Philip Kotey during their fight in May. Clive Franklin

Frustrated Fletcher has score to settle

IT  WON'T only be the cobwebs that Australian and Pan Asian Boxing Association middleweight champion Jarrod Fletcher will be looking to blow away in Melbourne on Friday week.

You can be sure Brazilian Samir Santos Barbosa will have nowhere to hide when Fletcher steps back into the ring for his first fight since last May.

Fletcher has plenty of frustration to get rid of after watching proposed bout after bout fall by the wayside over the past five months - now he's ready to take it out on 33-year-old Barbosa.

"Mate, I can tell you that I am dying to get back in there (the ring) - I need to get back in there because it has been killing me not having any fights," Fletcher, No.3 in the World Boxing Association rankings, told APN.

"Apart from when I had my shoulder injury, this has been the longest period I have never had a fight in.

"I usually like to have one every couple of months or so, so take it from me, I am raring to get stuck into him."

But "Left Jab" as Fletcher is known in the fight game, is well aware of the threat Barbosa poses.

He went the distance with Daniel Geale over 12 rounds for the vacant IBF Pan Pacific middleweight title in Launceston in October 2009 before the Aussie won a unanimous points decision.

Barbosa boasts a 34 and 10 win-loss record, including 25 by KO, and he's won all four of his bouts this year.

Fletcher, 29, is also undefeated this year after winning his three.

He recorded the 10th KO of his 17-bout professional career in his last fight in May after he ended Ghanaian

Philip Kotey's three-year

unbeaten record in the sixth-round of their Brisbane bout.

It was Fletcher's 16th win out of his 17 bouts since joining the professional ranks after captaining the Australian boxing team at the Beijing Olympics.

Fletcher is aiming to chalk up No.17 against Barbosa. "I've seen plenty of footage of his fights and there is no doubt he's a strong puncher," he said.

"Saying that, I've got plenty of ammunition to fire after this long break."

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