Mexican challenge for Sheffield boxer

Boxers Scott Jenkins and Adam Etches: who are also riding the Mont Blanc cycle challenge in July for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity

Boxers Scott Jenkins and Adam Etches: who are also riding the Mont Blanc cycle challenge in July for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity

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Unbeaten Sheffield middleweight Adam Etches has been handed the chance to win his third professional title - and then plans to move on and take the Lonsdale belt.

‘The Bomber’ will face Mexican Felipe De la Paz Teniente for the WBC Youth middleweight title at Ponds Forge on April 26.

It will be the first time the 23-year-old Monterrey man has fought overseas.

Etches, also 23, holds the IBF Youth crown at middleweight and super-middleweight and winning another belt should help to catapult him further up the world rankings.

Nicknamed “Cubano”, De la Paz Teniente is like Kell Brook’s last opponent, Mexican Alvaro Robles - something an unknown quantity. But he’s recorded a 12-1 (6 KOs) record in his home country - one of the toughest circuits on the planet.

“I’ve not seen anything of him, but I can tell by his record he’s going to be tough” Etches, who has a won 15 (12 knock outs) said.

“Everyone knows how good Mexican boxers are and you don’t win 12 fights and get six knockouts over there if you can’t fight. He’ll be coming over full of confidence and he probably thinks he’s going to knock me out, but I’ve never even been hurt as a professional so he’ll get a shock.

“I want to be fighting for the British title this year and my ultimate goal is to win a world champion so I can’t afford to slip up in this fight.

“I have to make sure I’m the best I can be so I am not taking him lightly”.

Etches v De la Paz Teniente is the chief supporting contest to Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne’s Commonwealth heavyweight title tussle with Canada’s Eric Martel Bahoeli. Browne is the man who KO’d Sheffield’s Richard Towers in five rounds, last November.

The bill also features unbeaten Sheffield lightweight Scott Jenkins, Kirkham’s Adam Little and the UK debut of hard-hitting Belarusian Kirill Relikh.

Ticket prices are £35 (General Admission), £55 (Reserved Floor Seats), £75 (Ringside) and £100 (VIP Ringside). Call 07747-474703.

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