Mandatory Fletcher comments on Golovkin-Geale, expects WBA title shot

Phil Jay 03/06/2014

Australian middleweight Jarrod Fletcher is playing a waiting game as the WBA mandatory challenger hopes to finally hopes to learn when he will be handed his imminent championship challenge.

The 30 year-old overcame Max Bursak in February to position himself as the number one contender to Gennady Golovkin’s title, which was further cemented when the WBA stipulated that ‘GGG’ must face Fletcher next earlier this year.

Golovkin, who also holds the IBO belt, had been given a cold reception when pitching Fletcher to US broadcasters HBO, so instead decided to push for a fight against former IBF title holder Daniel Geale instead. This move has now put his WBA title in jeopardy, and if the WBA do not agree to hand him ‘super’ champion status, Golovkin will be fighting Geale on July 26 with only the IBO title on the line.

Regardless of the outcome of Golovkin’s appeal status, which has already been turned down by the WBA previously, Fletcher is all set to get his shot at the vacant WBA ‘regular’ strap and hopes a resolution is forthcoming soon.

“My manager informed me of Golovkin’s plans this today and I admit It is a little frustrating that he is choosing to fight Geale, but I will be happy as long as I’m fighting for a world title,” Fletcher told World Boxing News.

“GGG is definitely the best middleweight in the world at the moment, so I’m sure in time I will get my chance, but f he does get elevated, I just have to make sure I win the WBA world title to get another chance to face him.

“Whatever happens it’s exciting times ahead,” he added.

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