ADAM ETCHES is not used to getting beaten.
After all the Sheffield prospect has an 11-match 100% win record since turning professional in 2010.
But there is one battle the 22-year-old just hasn’t been able to win so far: beating gym-mate Barry Awad (Kid Galahad) over a long distance run!
“He is the best runner in our gym by a mile” says Etches, who boxes Belarussian Andrei Abramenka, 25, for the IBF Youth middleweight title at Ponds Forge a week tomorrow.
“We’re a very competitive gym, that’s why so many of our boxers have been successful. So I tell Barry every time that I’m going to beat him. Even at my peak fitness - and when Barry comes back to the gym after a break - I haven’t managed it yet. The worse thing is that he lets you think you can catch him; then he becomes Mo Farah over the last 500 meters!”
Etches and fellow Sheffielder Scott Jenkins had sold an astonishing 1,400 tickets for the event - which is now a 1,900-capacity sell-out.
“It’s always hard work shifting tickets but since our names have been getting around more, it’s become easier” said the ‘Birley Bomber.’
Jenkins, a 22-year-old lightweight, faces another Belarussian, Sergey Kisel, 23. He is looking for his fourth knockout in nine attempts.
n Meanwhile, two Doncaster boxers will be on Amir Khan’s undercard at Sheffield Arena on April 27.
Denaby Main light middleweight Adam Jones (2-3) will face Tomasz Mazurkiewicz (5-8-2) from Warsaw, Poland in a four-rounder and Bentley heavyweight Carl Spencer (2-0, 2 KO’s) will feature in a four round heavyweight bout.
Audley Harrison’s opponent on the bill, Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KOs) is certainly looking forward to it. “The adrenaline rush that I have is ready to explode out of me” he says. “I’m a starving lion that’s ready to eat. On April 27 in Sheffield, my next meal will be served; on the menu: Audley Harrison….bon appetite.”