Etches forced to quit bout

Adam Etches with Matthew Hatton copyright Hatton  Promotions
Adam Etches with Matthew Hatton copyright Hatton Promotions
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ONE of Sheffield’s brightest prospects, Adam ‘The Bomber’ Etches, has been forced to pull out of the biggest show in England this year.

ONE of Sheffield’s brightest prospects, Adam ‘The Bomber’ Etches, has been forced to pull out of the biggest show in England this year.

The light-middleweight puncher was set to be on the undercard of Amir Khan’s April 16 contest at Manchester’s MEN Arena.

But Etches, who turned professional six months ago, has withdrawn from the showpiece event after damaging his rib while sparring with Andrew Facey last week.

Etches said he initially aggravated the problem just after last fight against Aleksei Tsatiasvili. He fears he has cracked his rib and admits he is unlikely to return to the ring for a minimum of two months.

“I am absolutely gutted because it would have been the biggest fight of my career,” he told The Star. “There aren’t many shows that happen like that in this country.

“You are probably lucky if they come around once every two to three years so I’m really upset to have pulled out.

“I had to be taken off the bill as there was no way I was going to be ready in time.”

Etches says no blame can be attached to Facey: “It is not Andrew’s fault. He didn’t hit me hard.

“We were just sparring technically. It is an old injury that has flared up again. It can happen to anybody.”

Etches said he plans on seeing the physio to find out the full extent of his injury. The unbeaten fighter hopes he can resume training at the start of May.

“There is no point whinging about it,” he said. “These things happen and I just have to try and make the best of a bad situation.

“There isn’t much more I can do right now. I will go get it checked out and see what the doctors have got to say.

“If I rest it for a good while, hopefully it will get better. What I don’t want to do is keep coming back into the gym and for it flare up again.

“I know I have made the right decision not to fight. I don’t want to fight on it and risk jeopardising my career.”