ADAM ETCHES had a foot in both camp on the night Kell Brook beat Matthew Hatton in front of 10,000 fight fans.
“I am managed by the Hattons but trained by Kell’s trainer Dominic Ingle,” explains Etches, who fights on another bumper Sheffield bill, at Ponds Forge tonight.
“In the end Kell was too much for Matthew and I hope to be the same for my opponent (Bulgarian Stilian Kostov) this evening.”
Etches is a busy, come-forward fighter, but his time under the Ingles has seen an improvement in his defensive techniques.
“It means I can still brawl like I enjoy best, but if I come up against someone with a similar style I can also box them,” he said.
“This weekend is important but my dream is to fight in front of as many fans as Kell had last weekend.
“Having that many fans in my own city is something I really aspire to.”
Etches, 21, says he will be looking for a KO against Kostov but is happy to go six rounds as long as he chalks up his seventh straight win.
The Birley Bomber is on the undercard of the Gary Buckland v Paul Truscott British super-featherweight title battle. As is Sheffield heavyweight Richard Towers, who faces American Harold Sconiers and hopes to record his 13th straight win
Sconiers, 35, once lost a split decision to Razor Ruddock and last month outpointed three-time world title challenger Jameel McCline.
Towers, 32, said: “Sconiers is a tricky guy.I have got to be sharp, strong and aggressive. I have got to let him know that if he makes any mistakes he is paying the price.
“We are all big fellas and we all hit hard. If we catch each other on the button it is good night. I am going in there with ultimate respect for the fella and a strong knowledge that he knows his way around the ring.”
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