ADAM ETCHES has his eyes on upsetting the order when it comes to Sheffield’s middleweight division.
On Thursday, he seeks to progress to his eighth straight win in a show at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Meadowhead.
He faces Bulgarian Borislav Zankov and hopes a win against him, together with his recent sequence of breaking apart other East Europeans, will put him in a group currently considered a level above him by some boxing pundits.
Specifically, Etches has his eyes on taking on the winner of the Central area contest between two exciting Sheffield fighters, Liam Cameron and Jez Wilson.
The 21-year-old Birley Bomber said: “I hope I can mount a case that I am a proper opponent for fighters like them. Personally, I don’t think I am on a par with them, I think I am above them.
“But I am not talking down to them because they are both good kids and good boxers. Jez is quite a bit older than me though (32) and I don’t think Liam is as strong a puncher as me.”
Four out of the last five opponents have been from East Europe and Etches would have preferred somebody closer to home.
“In an ideal world I’d like Jez or Liam as I know I am 100 per cent ready for them.
“I have sparred with Tom Duran who was due to fight Jez and handled him quite easily. I have been taking one step at a time and my wins have included a tough one over Yauheni Abdurazakau whose next fight was for the Belarus national title.
“Other than them I’d like to go up against Erick Ochieng or Max Maxwell.
“But first there is Zankov. He is pretty inexperienced and probably not a world beater but you can never tell much until you get face-to-face with them.
“The most important thing is that everybody who comes to see me enjoys themselves.
“I’d rather have a good fight with an East European than go up against an easier British fighter and for it to be less entertaining.”
The Sheffielder is determined to maintain a busy diary. His last fight was on March 24.
“I had a hand injury in November which kept me out for four months but I’m ready to fight now as often as I can.”