Hitman delivers: Hartmann during an earlier career bout which ended better for the Grafton junior.
Hitman delivers: Hartmann during an earlier career bout which ended better for the Grafton junior.

Hitman's loss could deliver blow

A DEADLY cocktail of over-confidence and underestimating his opponent could cost former Grafton boxer Jason Hartmann his future in the sport.

The 26-year-old squared up with Victorian Johannes Mwetupunga for the vacant Australian Middleweight Title on Friday, March 26.

And after holding sway in the opening rounds, Hartmann walked into a powerful right from Mwetupunga which floored the local and ended the contest in the third round.

Reports suggest the Grafton junior was well ahead on points when he was knocked down, which offers little comfort to a shattered Hartmann.

Mwetupunga had been floored three times throughout the fight before landing the most telling blow of all.

“I went in there and did my thing,” Hartmann said of the Brisbane bout.

“I thought I broke him and got too confident. I thought he didn’t want to be there.

“But I just walked into one and couldn’t recover.

“I was disappointed. I had it but I threw it away.”

The loss sends the Hartmann camp into chaos with thoughts of victory setting up a shot at money-spinning title defences and ultimately an overseas sojourn.

With a record of nine wins and three losses in his professional career, Hartmann’s career now stands at the crossroads.

He will be married on June 5 and is expecting his first child in July.

“I had an idea the ref was going to stop it. I have just got to get more patience,” Hartmann said.

“It (my career) is a bit of a toss up at the moment.

“Our plan was to keep defending it and then go overseas.

“It’s only been a few days and I won’t make any rash decisions.

“That was my dream and that is what I lived for. But you’re always 10 seconds from disaster.”

Hartmann refused to blame his poor preparation for the fight as an ingredient in his loss on the night.

The bout was initially set for March 5 but a last-minute venue shift put back preparations for the man they call ‘Hitman’.

He was forced to taper his training while waiting the additional 21 days for the new date.

“It (my career) is a bit of a toss up at the moment. Our plan was to keep defending it (the title) and then go overseas.”



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