ADAM Etches has a fantastic opportunity to make his name on the world boxing stage tomorrow.
And Sheffield’s ‘Birley Bomber’ is confident he will make most of his undercard spot on Ricky Hatton’s comeback bill.
The programme is being televised live on Pay Per View in this country and elsewhere and provides a platform to show off his explosive punching power.
“It is great to be part of the Hatton comeback show,” he says. “If it goes well and I can get a knockout, then it will help me get my name around. If I do get a stoppage, it will take my KO ratio to 80 per cent and there are not many middleweight who have had 10 fights or above in this country who could match that.”
Ending the contest early will not be easy - his opponent represents a step up in class. Etches will face Ukranian Roman Dzhuman, who has fought the likes of Jamie Moore, Gary Woolcombe and Alexander Abraham.
“I am looking forward to testing myself against him, he is a well-schooled boxer with a lot of experience (won 26 (KO 12) lost 11 (KO 6) drawn 1.)
“My preparation has been brilliant.I sparred with Kell Brook before his last fight, been away on the Ingle training camp and my hand injury and a bout of flu cleared up after I took some time off.
“I have come back stronger and trained solidly,” said the 21-year-old.
“After the weigh-in tonight I might have a few nerves, but that can be a good thing.
“And then when I get in the ring, I will just shut off. It won’t matter that there will be 20,000 people there (Manchester Arena) I will just concentrate on getting the win.”
Dzhuman, aged 36, has only won three of his last 12, but Etches said: “He won’t have lost the ability to punch - and he’s stopped a few kids. Older boxers can be very clever.”