Fletcher to face off against Filipino fighter Randy Suico
AUSTRALIAN middleweight champion Jarrod Fletcher has put his Pan Asian Boxing Association belt on the line for the first time and he has no intention of letting Randy Suico wear it around his waist.
"Left Jab" as Fletcher is known, will stand toe-to-toe with the man from the Philippines in Melbourne tonight.
The bout against the one-time world title challenger will be Fletcher's first since he hammered Thailand's former PABA and WBF world champion Kiatchai Singwancha into submission on the undercard of the Sonny Bill Williams fight in Brisbane in early February.
Fletcher, No.5 in the WBA rankings, chalked up his 14th win in 15 professional bouts after winning every round against the Thai before the fight was stopped in the seventh round.
It was the eighth KO on Fletcher's resume.
Despite that impressive performance, Fletcher said he was well aware he needed to be on his guard against Suico who has recorded 31 wins, 26 by KO.
"Mate, he can hit - he has the stats to prove it," the 2006 Commonwealth Games middleweight gold medallist said.
"He's here to fight and we know what he's capable of."
After the bout with Suico, Fletcher will glove up for a shot at the vacant WBA Pan African middleweight title against Ghanaian Philip Kotey in Brisbane on May 9.