ADAM Etches has quit full-time association with Ricky Hatton’s stable and switched to Sheffield’s Ingle gym.
‘The Birley bomber’, aged 20, has dominated his opponents so far, knocking out three of four. He’s highly-rated by the Hattons who spotted him as an amateur.
Like Ricky Hatton, Etches has an aggressive style, but he feels he can become more than just that at St Thomas’ gym with the father-son team of Brendan and Dominic Ingle.
Etches told The Star: “I’m a real come forward sort of fighter but I know that there needs to be more to my game than that and I can learn that with the help of Dominic and Brendan. I’ll be learning more about movement, footwork and head movement and also how to beat slippery types of boxers that the Ingles are famous for creating.
“Also there will be loads of good sparring options so it’s an exciting move for me.”
The youngster will continue to train with Hatton’s trainer Bob Shannon over in Manchester a few days a week and by getting the training from both camps reckons he’s getting twice the education.
He said: “It wasn’t intimidating moving to the Ingle camp. All the lads have made me feel welcome.
“Over in Manchester I can keep doing my aggressive fighting and with the Ingles add the movement to my game.
“It’s all about improving me as a fighter.”
Etches will have his fans out in force at Ponds Forge in September, where he’s hoping to fight his first six rounder on the undercard of Gary Sykes v Gary Buckland.
Tonight, on a Dennis Hobson bill at Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield’s Reagan Denton hopes to inflict a seventh straight defeat on Scunthorpe’s Jody Meikle.The main event is the South Yorkshire derby duel, Jon Ibbotson v John Anthony.