Advertisement
Advertisement

Fletcher Confident He Will Down Martin Murray For Title

By Adrian Warren

Garth Wood's loss has been Jarrod Fletcher's gain, with the accomplished Queensland boxer to fight Britain's Martin Murray for the regular World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight world title in Monte Carlo in February.

Wood was supposed to meet Murray for the WBA interim middleweight title in Sydney on December 11, but it was cancelled after the Anthony Mundine-Shane Mosley bout was rescheduled to just two weeks before that date.

With WBA titleholder Gennady Golovkin upgraded to "Super" champion status, Fletcher - the No.3-ranked contender - will tackle the No.1-rated Murray for the regular title on February 1.

Captain of the Australian boxing team at the 2008 Olympics and a 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, 30-year-old Fletcher has a 17-1 record, with his sole loss being a second-round stoppage at the hands of Englishman Billy Joe Saunders.

"This is my first chance at a world title and not only am I looking forward to showcasing myself, but I'm looking forward to bringing the WBA world title back to Australia," Fletcher said.

"I've travelled around the world during my career and I'm really excited by the chance to fight in Monte Carlo, showing the world that, despite a loss last year, I belong at the top of this division.

"I'm on a good winning run at the moment and that'll continue," added Fletcher, who has won five in a row.

Murray 31, (26-1-1) drew with the then WBA super middleweight world champion Felix Sturm in Germany in late 2011 and won an interim version of the WBA middleweight title in November 2012.

Earlier this year, he lost on points to celebrated Argentine Sergio Martinez in a challenge for the World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight title. "I know Fletcher's a good kid with a solid pedigree," Murray said.

Golovkin will also fight on the Monte Carlo card, taking on Ghana's Osumanu Adama, who was beaten in Hobart last year by Australia's former dual middleweight world champion Daniel Geal.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Hougigo on 12-19-2013

[QUOTE=Cleaver;14053333]So Murray is on the undercard fighting for the plastic WBA strap against a guy that got stopped in 2 by our domestic fighter Billy Joe Saunders, whilst the legit champion is in the main event for his new Super…

Comment by Cleaver on 12-19-2013

So Murray is on the undercard fighting for the plastic WBA strap against a guy that got stopped in 2 by our domestic fighter Billy Joe Saunders, whilst the legit champion is in the main event for his new Super…

Comment by Hougigo on 12-19-2013

WBA president swears up and down this isn't for the WBA regular

Comment by lightsout213 on 12-19-2013

Surely a disappointing next opponent for GGG with all the names that have been thrown around as potential opponents?

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (4)
Top Headlines Cleverly Eager To Fight: I Want To Rip That Title Off Braehmer Pacquiao-Vargas Broadcast Team - Bradley, Smith, Kenny, More Billy Joe Saunders Return Moved To October 22 in Cardiff Juanma Vows: I'll Go For The Kill, Won't Stop Until I KO Vazquez! Golovkin-Saunders: Warren Will Try To Make The Fight Happen Ward: What Will Kovalev Do When Being the Krusher Doesn’t Work? Hopkins: Canelo-Golovkin WILL Happen, This Ain't May-Pac! Crolla: I'll Be Back Better To Beat Jorge Linares in Rematch Marlon Tapales vs. Arthur Villanueva is No Problem, Says Salud Video: Eddie Hearn on Joshua vs. Klitschko, Fury, DeGale vs. Jack Luis Concepcion-Kal Yafai Eyed For November 26 In Manchester Hearn: My Gut Says Joshua-Parker Next, Klitschko Next Year Frankie Gavin Gives High Praise To Nathan McIntosh Gonzalez: Canelo is NOT The Best - Until He Beats Golovkin! Freddie Roach, Cooper on Trump-Clinton as Championship Fight "Fighting Words” - Dead October: Hell Hath No (Tyson) Fury Malignaggi Pleads: Golovkin-Jacobs Has To Be Made Right Now! Flash Elorde's Grandsons Pick Up Decision Wins in Manila 'Don King Way' Not Moving To Street Where He Killed a Man Michael Conlan Already Eyes Future Carl Frampton Clash Joseph Parker Learning From David Tua's Mistakes as Shot Nears Mike Tyson Says His Ring Career is Unknown To Today's Youth Andre Ward: I've Always Felt Like The Underdog Hearn: I Think Tyson Fury Will NEVER Fight Again, He'll Be Stripped Orlando Salido-Takashi Miura Getting Closer For December 17 Yuriorkis Gamboa Ready, Wants a Crack at Jose Pedraza Oleksandr Usyk To Make Return on Golovkin's Card, Dec. 10? Badou Jack vs. James DeGale Deal Reached, Late November Eyed Linares vs. Crolla Rematch Targeted For Dates in February, March Hearn: Joseph Parker Has The Balls To Fight Anthony Joshua! Photos: Jorge Linares Unseats Anthony Crolla - HUGE Gallery Trainer Explains 'Witch-Hunt' That Mentally Broke Tyson Fury Teddy Atlas Wonders if Brook Had Injury PRIOR To Golovkin Bout Hearn Contacts Klitschko's Manager To Discuss Fighting Joshua Jarrell Miller Feels David Haye is Running From Shannon Briggs Muhammad Ali Receives Jesse Owens Olympic Spirit Award Linares-Crolla Rematch Clause in Place, Hearn Expects Fight Miguel Cotto Return in 2017 is Best Option, Says Adviser Photos: Tyson Fury Ringside at Crolla-Linares, in Good Spirits Rico Ramos Blasts Out Prosper Ankrah in Three Rounds
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement