ADAM ETCHES may have more trouble pronouncing his opponent’s name than beating him tomorrow.
The Sheffield light middleweight aims to take his unbeaten record to five, against Yauheni Abdurazakau from Belarus. Abdurazakau has a won eight lost six record and Etches will be heavily backed by a big home support to win.
But promoter Ricky Hatton says the visitor represents a step-up in class for Etches, who has ended three of his four fights early. “We try to vary the opposition for young boxers” said Hatton of the 20-year-old.
“It is a learning curve at Adam’s stage of development and on this occasion (Ponds Forge) he will have to learn fast about how East Europeans box.” Etches can be a handful; and reminds Hatton of his own bulldog style.
“He is a come-forward fighter who likes to have a go” said Hatton. “He is in the fortunate situation of training with Bob Shannon in Manchester, thumping the traditional body belt, and then at to the Ingles in Sheffield, where he learns different styles. That can only be good for him.”
Etches has added to his portfolio by sparring a few rounds with British light middle champion Prince Arron.
“He gave a good account - he certainly wasn’t scared by the experience.”