Double win for Sheffield fighters

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England 2 Brazil 0 - just the type of scoreline that would drive a football fan into an impromptu Samba dance.

Two Sheffield boxers Kid Galahad and Adam Etches beat their South American opponents in very different ways at Ponds Forge Arena, putting further force behind their upwardly mobile careers.

Kid Galahad celebrates victory over Adeilson Dos Santos

Kid Galahad celebrates victory over Adeilson Dos Santos

Samir Santos Barbosa had flown 6,000 miles for his pop at Dronfield’s Etches - but he lasted just eight minutes 14 seconds.

Etches is a strong, spiteful puncher and he had made his mind up he was going to chalk up a 17th straight win and add the IBF International middleweight title to his collection.

He gave Barbosa the respect of a patient first round before starting to build up the pressure with carefully selected shots to the head and body.

Referee Howard Foster started to study Barbosa’s ability to defend himself early in the third and when Etches caught him with a right hook to side of the jaw there was no coming back once the Brazilian had hit the canvas.

Afterwards Etches was thrilled with his 14th KO, saying: “It was a good one. I was happy with it, it was well-timed. I didn’t rush, I just landed it.

“I train hard and if I land clean I know whoever I fight is in trouble.

“I caught him with some good shots and hurt him in the third. I kept it tight, kept composed and landed the bingo punch!” said the big ticket-seller.

Kid Galahad never found his bingo punch, but also collected a new title, beating Adeilson Dos Santos over 12 rounds and winning the IBF Youth super bantamweight title.

The Ingle man started impressively a big right to the bigger man’s face sent him on the seat of his pants. The visitor looked confused and hurt, but was aided by the bell to end the first round.

Santos was durable, but slow and while he could absorb some of the punishment, he couldn’t get out of range fast enough. Both men were switching stances but only one was impressing the judges.

Galahad hunted his man down; closing the gap and always looking to pressure the previously unbeaten Dos Santos with a stiff jab and smart combinations.

As a spectacle it was more one-sided than exciting. But it warmed up in the 10th round when a beautifully specific right hand to the jaw reacquainted Brazilian with canvas.

The contest was scored 119-107, 117-109 and 120-105 in favour of Galahad.

The Wincobank man said said he’d learned recently from watching Kell Brook’s IBF defeat of Shawn Porter - and Brook was on hand to applaud his stable-mate for another job well done. “He always finds a way” said Brook, now only slightly limping after his brush with a machete whilst on holiday in Tenerife.

Results: Adam Etches 17(14)-0-0 bt Samir Santos Barbosa 35(25)-11(6)-3. Kid Galahad 18(9)-0-0 bt Adeilson Dos Santos 14(10)-1-0. Lightweight Scott Jenkins 13(7)-1 (1)-0 lost to Jan Holec 4(2)-2-1 Lightweight Sam O’maison 9(3)-1 (1)-0 lost to Michael Mooney 7(3)-12-0. Middleweight Callum Hancock 6(1)-0-0 bt Deividas Sajauka 3(1)-5-0. Lightweight Atif Shafiq 13(2)-1-0 bt Michael Stupart 3(1)-19(11)-2