KO King Adam strikes again

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The real story wasn’t the fact that, at the age of 22, Sheffield’s Adam Etches had won his first title.

More significant was confirmation of the power and improving technique that could drive this ferocious fighter all the way to the top.

Etches came into the Ponds Forge ring bearing a relaxed expression of a boxer assured about what lay ahead of him. He’d barely broken sweat before Belarussian Andrei Abramenka was on the floor - his punishment for attempting a flurry of punches.

Abramenka is no mug, a former national champion who has operated at European level. He tried to regroup, but was always on the back foot and his confidence seemed to drain away quickly. Even his cornerman appeared to be struck dumb.

Abramenka was knocked down again twice by the Sheffielder after being pinned to the ropes. That was enough for the ref to declare Etches’ 10th KO win in 12, and award him IBF youth middleweight belt. It won’t be his last trinket.

Chief support on this high-octane Richard Poxon event was Intake lightweight Scott Jenkins, with a similar demolition job on another east European Sergey Kisel, in a battle of the undefeated. Jenkins was the aggressor from the off. The big Belarussian’s head became a punchbag and two minutes into the third round, the ref ended his suffering.

Sheffielder Sam Omaison’s opponent Andy Keates, from Leek, appeared badly hurt after being battered in the third round of their lightweight contest. Omaison had suffered a cut in the first, but it didn’t impact on his relentless bombardment. Keates, once felled, took a while to get off the floor and on to a stool. But thankfully, he recovered.

Omaison took away the international masters bronze title.

With hands low and punches coming from awkward angles, Rotherham’s Atif Shafiq put on a typical Ingle masterclass to outpoint Wiltshire’s Dan Carr.

Eckington’s Callum Hancock recorded a fourth career win, over Rick Boulter.

Lee Connolly, from Sheffield, was goaded by the well-supported Chesterfield light welter Kris Davey - but thoroughly deserved his points win, in a cracking punch up.

Leigh Wood beat Sid Razak.