Adam Etches’ New Year ambitions may go into overdrive after Billy Joe Saunders takes on Andy Lee.
In December, Irishman Lee won the WBO World middleweight title and must now face European and Commonwealth champ Saunders, from Hertfordshire.
Etches (18 + 0) says: “My ultimate goal is to win a world title; I’ll do whatever it takes to get there. If that means fighting for the British and European titles this year, then that’s what I’ll do. Saunders is boxing Lee for the WBO and that should free up the belts. I could fight someone like Chris Eubank Jnr or John Ryder for them.
“They’re winnable fights for me and I don’t think I’m that far behind Lee and Saunders so I could be close to a world title sooner than people think.”
The Dronfield boxer added: “I’ve boxed on Kell Brook’s undercard at the Arena, which was brilliant, and I can be in the main event there myself one day.”
The hard-hitting middleweight bolstered his world ranking by adding the IBF International and WBC Youth crowns to his collection in 2014.
“Everything I’m doing is going well and everyone in Sheffield is getting behind me so this should be a big year for me” said Etches.
“More and more people want to see me box and I can already fill Ponds Forge, so the Arena should be next. I’m not there yet, but Kell went from Ponds Forge to there in only a few fights and there’s no reason I can’t.
“I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing, keep climbing the ladder and it’ll happen.”