VIDEO: Sheffield boxing: Wins for Etches and Smith

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Adam Etches got back on the winning trail tonight

The 24 year old, (previously 18+1) stopped two-year unbeaten pro Victor Jesus Rosales, 29, from Buenos Aires, Argentina (11+0) in the third round.

Adam Etches vs Victor Jesus Rosales

Adam Etches vs Victor Jesus Rosales

Etches put his opponent down twice before the ref said enough was enough.

The Birley Bomber was stopped in four rounds by Sergey Khomitsky in March, losing his IBF International middleweight title in the bargain.

But he is back - and with a bang.

Meanwhile Rod Smith, 21, (6+0) returned to action with a win on the same bill.

Rod Smith vs Walter Osvaldo Gaston Calvo - Rod Smith lands a body blow

Rod Smith vs Walter Osvaldo Gaston Calvo - Rod Smith lands a body blow

Dronfield’s Smith, who had boxed once since 2013, beat his Argentinian opponent Walter Osvaldo Gaston Calvo, 37, with some ease.

The Gleadless born six-footer was stopped from inflicting more damage, by the official, after just two rounds.

* Northern Ireland’s Carl Frampton survived an early wobble to retain his IBF world super-bantamweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Alejandro Gonzalez Jr in Texas.

The 28-year-old from Belfast was given the bout after 12 rounds in El Paso, with two judges scoring 116-108 in his favour while the third scored it 115-109.

Adam Etches

Adam Etches

But Frampton, who claimed the belt from Kiko Martinez in September before defending it against Chris Avalos in February, was put on his knees twice and given a standing eight count in the first round.

He struggled to deal with Gonzalez’s body blows until the fourth round, where he produced cleaner work and began to protect himself against the Mexican’s swinging left hook.

Frampton slowed down the pace of the fight as he took control ahead of the final rounds and an increasingly shaky Gonzalez would concede a valuable point for a low blow in the 11th.

The Northern Irishman knocked his opponent’s head back with a flurry of jabs during the final round and his first victory on American turf was soon confirmed by the judges’ scorecards.

Referring back to his first-round scare, Frampton said “I was just shocked at what happened - that’s never happened before.

“My legs went stiff and I couldn’t use my toes for a while, but it was a flash knockdown, I came back and I won.

“The performance wasn’t great and I really wanted another knockout but I’ll take the win.”

* Scott Quigg stopped Spain’s Kiko Martinez in the second round in Manchester to defend his WBA super-bantamweight title for the sixth time.

Quigg, 26, struggled in the first round but floored the former world champion in the second with a fierce uppercut and followed up with a further barrage until the referee intervened.

* Anthony Crolla was frustrated by the judges as his WBA world lightweight title fight against Darleys Perez was ruled a draw.

Stablemate Scott Quigg retained his WBO world super bantamweight title with a blistering second-round stoppage of Spain’s Kiko Martinez.

Crolla appeared to have clinched a belt of his own in a close fight which saw Perez twice docked points for frequent low blows - but the judges were split, with one ruling for each fighter and the third calling it a draw.

*Ingle-trained Jordan Gill has been named as mandatory challenger for English featherweight title.

He will fight Southern Area champion Jamie Speight at a date to be announced.

As a warm-up the 21-year-old will be in action in a six-rounder at Derby Arena on July 25.

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