Fletcher entered the bout as the underdog against Bursak, who had lost just once in his 31 fight career. But the former Commonwealth games gold medallist and Olympic representative displayed his superior boxing skill early in the fight.
Bursak was deducted a point in the second round after deliberately hitting Fletcher behind the back of the head. The Ukrainian was given another stern warning by referee Stanley Christodoulou after he landed a left hook on Fletcher’s jaw after the bell had sounded to end round 3.
As Fletcher racked up points by boxing along nicely, Bursak tried every trick in the book to upset the Australian’s rhythm and draw him into a brawl. Fletcher was cut over the right eye by an accidental clash of heads in the 6th round. His other eye was then cut during round 8. Fletcher’s corner was able to keep either cut from effecting their fighter throughout the remainder of the bout.
With more dirty tactics in round 11, referee was once again forced to deduct a point from Bursak. This would see Fletcher cruise to a victory with the judges scorecards reading 115-111, 115-111, and 114-112 after 12 rounds.
Fletcher’s record now stands at 18-1-0, 10KOs.
The main event seen WBA and IBO Middleweight champion and one of the sports fastest rising stars Gennady Golovkin defend his titles against Osumanu Adama with a 7th round TKO. This is Golovkin’s 16th consecutive stoppage victory. His record improves to 29-0, 26KOs.