THERE were 11 wins out of 11 for local fighting prospects on a bumper boxing weekend in South Yorkshire.
Ponds Forge hosted a Sky televised bill on Saturday night and Ricky Hatton promoted Birley middleweight Adam Etches recorded his first win as an Ingle-trained fighter. Etches beat Belarusian Yauheni Abdurazakau on points over four rounds.
An aggressive fighter, Etches joined the Ingle stable in order to add different aspects to his game and he certainly boxed in a more reserved fashion in the opening round, picking his shots well.
Etches began to dominate in the third, but any time his opponent was under pressure, he spat out his gumshield.
An annoyed Etches caught the gumshield clean on the volley, a shot the ringside former Sheffield Wednesday footballer Chris Waddle would have been proud of.
He continued to box with discipline to take a 40-36 verdict.
“I’ve won every round, so I’m pleased about that,” Etches told The Star.
“Certainly in the later rounds I took my time with shots.
“Earlier on I could have made it a lot easier for myself but it’s a learning fight and it was a step up.”
Heavyweight Richard Towers took his time to stop another Belarusian, Yuri Bihoutseu. Jab, right hand is Towers’ most effective assault and he used it to full effect against the much shorter opponent. Body shots also began to take their toll and Bihoutseu first hit the canvas in the third, before another shot to the body ended the fight.
Scott Jenkins, from Intake, battered Steve Gethin over two rounds before the veteran retired in his corner ahead of the third.
In only his second fight, Jenkins easily found his range and punished Gethin with shots to the body and head.
Jez Wilson took less effort to beat Jay Morris.
Wilson caught Morris early on in with a temple shot and although the Isle of Wight opponent got up, Wilson stepped up the pressure and forced a stoppage before the first round was through.
In Barnsley on Friday, Parson Cross’ Joe Rodgers made a flying start to his pro career, stopping Ben Morrish in the second round.
Rodgers was far too quick for Plymouth’s Morrish and once he’d caught him with a blistering left, right combination, that swelled up his opponent’s right eye, it was only a matter of time before the fight was stopped.
Morrish managed to hang on until the second round, but was taking far too much punishment for the referee’s liking.
Josh Wale took three rounds to get rid of slippery southpaw Elemir Rafael.
The bantamweight looked bemused at some of the spoiling tactics used by the Slovakian, but remained patient and when the opportunities came, landed heavy body shots that lead to the stoppage.
Rotherham’s Chad Gaynor recorded his sixth straight win by stopping Tom Dunn in the second.
Gaynor had been the aggressor from the start and put Dunn down in the second with a big right hand before the referee ended the bout.
Featherweight Ross Blackwell, from Wombwell put in a disciplined display against Jonathan Fry, winning 40-36.
Maltby’s middleweight Danny Gerrard won by the same score against Louis Byrne, as did Stairfoot middleweight Matthew Mallin against Steve Spence. in Birmingham on Friday, Jerome Wilson got back to winning ways with a points win over Maltese light-welter Daniel Micallef.
Light-heavy Carl Wild upset the odds to earn a draw with unbeaten Welshman Justyn Hugh in Sheffield.