WBA middleweight title contender Jarrod Fletcher landed in New York on Monday for what will be the Australian’s defining night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday night.
The 30 year-old squares-up to talented American and inspirational cancer survivor Danny Jacobs this weekend and is aware how big a deal his US debut is as Fletcher lines up alongside Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson on the bil.
“We arrived in New York last night and I had my first session this morning,” Fletcher informed World Boxing News on Tuesday.
“My preparation back home was perfect, so I just need to keep it together for my final days here before the fight. I’m feeling great and really looking forward to this massive opportunity.”
Fletcher goes into the bout as an underdog to come out on top as Jacobs bids to win his first world championship in front of his home fans at the second attempt, having lost out to Dmitry Pirog back in 2010.
Since then, Jacobs, 27, has been to hell and back in overcoming a life threatening disease, and Fletcher understands that ‘The Golden Child’ will be a tough nut to crack when the two collide for the vacant strap.
“Jacobs is a great fighter as he can box and has really good power,” said Fletcher. “There aren’t too many flaws in his style so it will be a hard fight, but I’m extremely fit and I’m ready for the job. We have a game plan and we are confident.
“This fight will open a lot of doors, but I know Jacobs is going to give me the toughest fight of my life and I wouldn’t expect anything else as this is for the WBA middleweight world title. If I win this fight it will be a life changer and this is what I have worked for the last 20 years.
“I haven’t seen the venue yet, but from all reports it’s pretty impressive, but I can’t wait to get in there as this has been a dream of mine since a little kid and I want this more than anything.”
As Fletcher and Jacobs put the finishing touches to their preparations for the WBA ‘regular’ strap encounter, ‘super’ champion Gennady Golovkin has just raised the stakes in the 160lb division with his destruction of Daniel Geale. Fletcher watched on last Saturday as compatriot Geale buckled in three rounds under the relentless pressure of Golovkin, who gatecrashed the WBN Pound for Pound Top 10 with a compelling display of power punching.
The winner of the upcoming bout between Fletcher and Jacobs would conceivably be made mandatory challenger to the big-hitting Kazakh, something ‘Left Jab’ has no worries about as he draws nearer to his biggest career test.
‘”GGG was devastating the other night and he is an animal,” he pointed out. “I thought Geale boxed really well for the first few rounds but Golovkins power was too much. The way he walked through Geale’s right hand and then threw his own right hand to knock Geale out was freakish.
“Golovkin is definitely the best middleweight in the world at the moment and after Jacobs I would love a shot. Like I have said, he is the best, and to be the best, you have to fight the best,” added Fletcher.
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