Two of Sheffield’s top boxing prospects enhanced their reputation on home soil last night.
Adam “The Bomber” Etches subjected Mexico’s Felipe De La Paz Teniente to a bombardment before the referee Victor Loughlin stepped in, ensuring the 23-year-old Dronfield middleweight won the vacant WBC Youth middleweight title, at Ponds Forge.
Etches decked the visitor twice in the third round and upped on the pressure in the four and fifth before ending it in at 2.45 of the sixth.
His use of the right hook had proved to be particularly effective against an opponent lacking in strength and power.
It was the Sheffielder’s 16th straight win.
“I was pleased with my performance I thought I boxed well against a very tough guy” said Etches.
“I thought he was going to tire quicker than we he did, but I take my hat off to him.
“I am improving all the time, it was only my 16th fight.
Etches’ Hatton camp says: “Adam will now look towards potential domestic fights with the likes of Chris Eubank Jnr and John Ryder later in the year.”
Etches’ buddy Scott Jenkins beat David Martin Campillo with a fifth round tko, on the televised show.
Jenkins has fast hands and a great work ethic and dominated throughout against a rival who tried hard on the counter.
The Chesterfield-born warrior caught Campillo with a big body shot and the ref Howard Foster rightly stepped in.
In the main event, undefeated former cage-fighter Lucas Browne - who beat Sheffield’s Richard Towers last year - became the first Australian to win the Commonwealth heavyweight title in 122 years when he scored a fifth round knockout of Canada’s Eric Martel Bahoeli.
Chief support Zanat Zhakiyanov become the second boxer to win a European title whilst being trained by former four-time world champion Ricky Hatton.
Zhakiyanov, 30, ripped the bantamweight crown from France’s Karim Guerfi in the fifth round.
Adam Little beat Kevin McCauley PTS 60-54
Kirill Relikh beat Ty Gilchrist KO 1
Simon Barclay beat David Vicena PTS 40-36
Leo D’Erlanger beat Ryan McNicol PTS 39-37
See more in Monday’s Star
* Undisputed world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko easily retained his WBO crown when he knocked out Alex Leapai of Australia in the fifth round on Saturday night in Germany.