GOOD fortune has deserted Adam Etches in 2011.
The promising Birley fighter missed out on a big pay day in April when he had to withdraw from the undercard of Amir Khan’s WBA light-welterweight title defence against Paul McCloskey due to a rib injury.
It was a major setback for Etches, nicknamed ‘The Bomber’, and prevented the 20-year-old from training for almost two months.
Now fully fit having been given the all clear by the doctors, Etches is determined to make up for lost time and is bidding to win his comeback fight later this month.
He is pencilled in to face Bobby Wood at Sheffield Park Hotel, on Chesterfield Road South, on June 23.
Etches told The Star: “I am dying to get back into the ring. It seems a long time ago since I last fought and it has been a really frustrating time for me.
“It was a big disappointment to pull out of the Khan show because that would have been the best bill that I have been on in my career. I have really struggled for money because I have not had any fights and the injury has meant I have had to cut back on my training.
“It is one of those things that happen in boxing from time to time that you have to accept.”
Unbeaten light middleweight Etches said he has sparred with Ryan Rhodes, who fights Saul Alvarez for the WBC light-middleweight title in Mexico next Saturday, and Denton Vassell in preparation for his bout with Walsall puncher Wood.
“It has been brilliant sparring with Ryan and Denton,” he said. “They are both big punchers and really tested out my rib.
“I learned a lot from them both. They are the best guys in my weight in the country so I know if I can handle them that I can handle anything.
“I know that if I can hold my own against them that I am doing things right and going in the right direction.”
On a three fight card, Etches is the headline act while Jez Wilson and Chesterfield debutant Scott Jenkins are also on the bill. All proceeds raised from the show will go to Western Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
Of his up-and-coming opponent, Etches said: “I know I am going to be the favourite but I will not take Bobby lightly. He is a southpaw it is not going to be easy for me. I have to make sure that I train hard and I am on top of my game to win.”