Adam Etches has parted company with his trainer, but absolved him from any blame for the unexpected defeat which smashed his unbeaten record.
The ‘Birley Bomber’ has decided to move on from Andy Marlow, at the Akademy in Dronfield, to head back to contacts in Sheffield.
But Etches, who is back in the ring in an eight rounder at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Sheffield, on July 18 in a show to raise money for the Weston Park cancer charity, says he himself is solely to blame for the defeat to Sergey Khomitsky in March, at Sheffield Arena.
Now he is keen to re-establish himself after his fourth round stoppage, on the undercard of a Kell Brook fight.
“I have changed trainers to freshen things up. It was not Andy’s fault that I lost to Khomitsky it was mine, I was lazy and sloppy and not myself that night” said Etches. “Afterwards, I thought I would make a change, keep active and make a fresh start.”
Etches does not hide from the disappointment of losing his 100% winning record. “That loss will never be out of my system” he said. “I never thought I was going to get beat, certainly not at that level; it was a big shock and a big wake up call. But life goes on. You can either sit back, quit and drink all day, or address what went wrong and set yourself up again.”
Etches has an unshakeable belief that he will reach world level, like his pal Kell Brook, despite the blemish on his sheet. At 24 he has the time to do it, too.
“I can go all the way ” he says. “After this eight rounder I am going after Khomitsky again - if enough money is on the table he will fight me again. We have already made contact there.
“Whatever I have to do to make myself a better boxer, I will do it.
“And it is great that my next fight will raise money - hopefully about £5,000 - for Weston Park to carry on the great research they are doing in fighting cancer.”
Also expected on the bill is another tough middleweight, Rod Smith, of Dronfield.