Boxing: Etches is fighting fit for his big step up

Scott Jenkins and Adam Etches at a press conference ahead of their fights on Saturday at Ponds Forge. Picture: Andrew Roe
Scott Jenkins and Adam Etches at a press conference ahead of their fights on Saturday at Ponds Forge. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Attention to detail is everything to Adam Etches.

After a brutal three-month training camp, the Sheffield middleweight claims he is in the best condition of his fledgling career ahead of tomorrow’s tussle with Felipe De La Paz Teniente.

Etches, who has recently sparred with Chad Gaynor and Rod Smith, told The Star: “I’ve trained like mad for this fight. I’ve done loads of running, fitness work in the gym and sparring.

“I haven’t cut any corners so I’m prepared for everything that is put out in front of me.”

The 23-year-old is aiming to wow his home crowd when he meets De La Paz Teniente for the vacant WBC youth crown at Ponds Forge.

“It’s going to be tough,” said Etches. “He is strong, likes to come forward and this will be my toughest fight to date. It’s a big step up but you can never tell until you get in the ring. Styles make fights and when people get hit, that’s when it all changes.

“My ambition is to become a world champion and I see this fight as a stepping stone. He [De La Paz Teniente] is stood in my way. He’s got something I want. I want to be where he is ranked and I also want the belt. The pressure is on me because that’s what I need to keep progressing.”

Etches record reads 15 wins, including 12 knock outs. He has yet to taste defeat but Mexican De La Paz Teniente has vowed to avoid his “big swings” and believes Etches, nicknamed ‘The Bomber’, is not in his class.

“Talk is cheap and I like to do my talking in the ring,” insisted Etches. “I’ve heard it all before. I’ve got my game plan. He’s got his. We will see on the night who comes out on top.”

Should Etches triumph on Saturday, he will edge closer to a British title shot. His potential opponents, in the long-term, include John Ryder and Chris Eubank Jnr.

He said: “The big nights will come. I genuinely believe I am ready for them now but I think it’s important you don’t rush things because, when you do, that’s when accidents happen. I’m still young and improving. I will get better. I’ve got to keep winning and moving up the rankings.

“Right now, I’m not looking past my fight with De La Paz Teniente. I’ve got to come through that unscathed.”

Tomorrow’s show is headlined by Lucas Browne, who faces Eric Martel Bahoeli for the vacant Commonwealth title. Karim Guerfi locks horns with Zhanat Zhakiyanov while Sheffield prospect Scott Jenkins takes on David Martin Campillo.

Tickets are priced at £35 general admission, £55 reserved floor seats, £75 ringside and £100 VIP ringside. Ring 07747 474701. Doors open at 6.15pm.