QUEENSLAND'S Australian middleweight champion Jarrod Fletcher is true to his word.
After beating European champion, Ukrainian Max Bursak, in Monte Carlo in February he said: "This win is only the start. It's onwards and upwards from here on in".
How right he was - it doesn't get much bigger than having a world title bout at New York's famed Madison Square Garden in July.
"Left Jab" as Fletcher, 30, is known in the fight game, will take on WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.
Golovkin, who was born in Kazakhstan, but lives in New York, is unbeaten in 29 fights with 26 wins by KO.
Fletcher's record stands at 18 wins out of his 19 professional fights, 10 by KO, since he turned professional after the Beijing Olympics. His only defeat was at the hands of Englishman Billy Joe Saunders in London in September 2012.
Fletcher, who first pulled on a pair of boxing gloves when he was 10 at the Hervey Bay Boxing Club, said it was still sinking in that he had got a crack at Golovkin.
"Mate, what can I say," he said from his Brisbane home. "It's a massive, massive opportunity for me - I cannot really put it into words just how much it means, to be honest.
"To say that I'm extremely excited at the chance to be facing the best middleweight in the world at the moment is a massive understatement.
"It makes all the hard work and sacrifices I've made over so many year's all worth it mate."
Although Golovkin has never lost, Fletcher, the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games gold medallist, isn't running scared.
"You know me mate. You know what I am all about," he said. "If you want to be the best, you have to fight the best and he (Golovkin) is definitely that.
"This will definitely be the toughest fight of my life and you can be certain I won't be leaving anything in there (the ring)."
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