Daunting challenge for two Sheffield boxers

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Two Sheffield boxers must overcome one of the world’s most exhausting cycling challenges just 30 days before they compete in the ring.

Adam Etches and Scott Jenkins, along with promoters Richard Poxon and Ricky Hatton, will cycle up Pico De Veleta mountain, Spain, (Aug 20.) The riders face a 27-mile climb up to 11,000 ft. The gradient gets as severe as 13% - quite a challenge at altitude with a spot on Kid Galahad’s undercard ahead (Sept 20.)

Poxon said: “This is rated inside the world’s 15 hardest climbs. One piece of advice they give you is don’t do it in August! We are doing this as part of The Star’s “Let’s KO Cancer” campaign for the Weston Park Teenage Unit. Adam and Scott box just weeks later so it shows how seriously they take their role as Ambassadors.”

It is the first-ever mountain climb for Ricky, Scott and Adam.

Etches and Jenkins have pledged to raise £20,000 for Weston Park. Etches said: “There are risks involved; getting a sore back-side is one of them!

“It’s a different ball-game from what we normally do. It’s like asking Sir Bradley Wiggins to jump into the ring with one of us But we’re fit lads and looking forward to raising money for a brilliant cause.” Donate via this website: https://www.justgiving.com/R-Poxon/

n Boxer-cum-car mechanic Lee Connelly (Killamarsh) isn’t put off boxing by his lastest points defeat, over four rounds to prospect Joe Costello in Wolverhampton on Saturday.

“It was a fair result I started slow but took the third” said Connelly, 26 (won 3 + lost 7 drawn 1.) I didn’t have 100% preparation and didn’t perform my best.. He was a top kid too. But I am going to win a title next!”

Connelly boxes Andy Townend at Doncaster Dome, (Central Area super feather title, Sept 6.)