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Fletcher out to end Aussies' world title losses

Friday, August 08, 2014

LOS ANGELES - Australia's Jarrod Fletcher will be booed, heckled and taunted when he walks into New York's Barclays Centre arena this weekend for a world-title fight against heavy hitter, cancer survivor and hometown hero Daniel Jacobs.

Most would be intimidated about entering enemy territory.

Fletcher, the former labourer from Hervey Bay, Queensland, couldn't be happier.

Fletcher says it will be Jacobs, who grew up in the tough, crime-riddled Brooklyn suburb of Brownsville just a short drive from the arena, who will be feeling the pressure because of the huge weight of expectations from family, friends and the US media.

"I have no pressure on me at all," Fletcher, 30, told AAP on Wednesday.

"I'm the underdog and I'm going to put in a massive performance."

Fletcher and Jacobs, 27, will fight for the World Boxing Association's middleweight belt, with the winner in line to take on the WBA's super champion in the division, Gennady Golovkin.

Jacobs is a crowd and US media favourite. not just because he is a New Yorker, but for the way he overcame a cancerous tumour on his spine.

The American was diagnosed with the often deadly bone cancer osteosarcoma in 2011 but, just as he has knocked out 24 of his 27 victims in the ring, Jacobs defeated the disease and was back in the ring the following year.

Fletcher is the third Australian in three weeks to fight for a world-title in the US.

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