Boxing: Mexican dismisses ‘Bomber’ challenge

Adam Etches takes on Felipe De La Paz Teniente on Saturday.
Adam Etches takes on Felipe De La Paz Teniente on Saturday.
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Felipe De La Paz Teniente has taunted Adam Etches, claiming the unbeaten Sheffield puncher lacks the skill or firepower to cause him problems.

The Mexican faces Etches, nicknamed ‘the Bomber’, for the vacant WBC youth middleweight title at Ponds Forge this Saturday.

It will be the first time the 23-year-old Monterrey-born boxer has fought overseas in his career.

De la Paz Teniente is relishing the prospect of competing in England. On the prospect of facing Etches, he said: “Watching his fights hasn’t shown me much. Etches seems to me to show little boxing but big swings, something I will easily avoid.

“Our gyms in Mexico are famous for the sparring we do. You will never find a Mexican fighter who is willing to back down and Etches will certainly find I am from the same mould.

“If he wants to box me, he can’t so that won’t be a problem and if he wants to see who is strongest and bravest then again, no problem. I am proud of my record (12-1) and my bravery. Etches is not of the calibre of warrior to trouble me.

“I have only one loss, on points in a fight where I had great difficulties making the weight. I will have no such problems on April 26.”

On travelling away, De la Paz Teniente, who hails from Zamora, said: “I read on the internet that the Britsh fans are known for their honesty and fair play.

“I hope they show respect for my ability and that even when I beat their man, they will respect the sacrifice I made to travel and fight for this title.”

Etches v De la Paz Teniente is the chief supporting contest to Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne’s Commonwealth heavyweight title encounter with Canada’s Eric Martel Bahoeli. The undercard also features Sheffield lightweight Scott Jenkins, Kash Ali, David Howe, Leo D’erlanger, Kirkham’s Adam Little and Kirill Relikh.

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.