Fletcher talks Bursak clash, Murray withdrawal and Sturm rematch

Phil Jay 11/01/2014

Australian middleweight Jarrod Fletcher is all set to battle Max Bursak on February 1 for a fringe version of the WBA title following an injury to original opponent and interim champion Martin Murray.

The 30 year-old, who has just one blemish on an 18-fight record, was firstly slated to be fighting for the full world title in Monte Carlo, but after a ruling by the WBA, is now downgraded for a second time.

“I only found out at lunchtime on Tuesday about Murray pulling out and I honestly don’t know too much about that at the moment,” Fletcher told World Boxing News.

“I presumed that Murray was taking a bigger money fight with Sturm, but if he is injured that is unfortunate. It’s a little disappointing, but that is boxing as I know it and there is no point in getting down about it.

“My preparation is still going full steam ahead and I will be ready come the 1st of Feb. We know we have got Max Bursak now and I am feeling ready. Not much changes for me. My preparation is still going strong and we just have to make a few changes to our game plan. My team and I are confident that we have the tools to get the job done. It’s just a matter of putting it all together on the night.

“Max is very experienced and he will be in front of me all night, so I have to box smart and be prepared for the 12 rounds. This fight is mine for the taking.”

If Briton Murray does agree to fight IBF champion Sturm later on in the year, Fletcher sportingly offered his opinion on who may come out on top of a rematch after the two shared a draw in 2011.

“I think Sturm v Murray is an evenly matched fight. There first fight could have gone either way but Murray has come a long way since then.

“I think Murray will get the nod in a close decision and I would love a shot at the winner, but at the moment I am focused on the 1st of Feb and I’m not thinking past that.”