Adam Etches has lost out on the chance of boxing on the undercard of his friend and gym-mate Kell Brook’s world title defence at Bramall Lane.
Sheffield’s ‘Birley bomber’ has been part of Brook’s training camp in Fuerteventura and had been hoping to land a spot on the show. Etches had been on the card of Brook against Kevin Bizier, Jo Jo Dan and Vyacheslav Senchenko at Sheffield Arena
And after losing a scrap to British rival John Ryder at super middleweight on a Poxon Sports promotion in February he was hoping for a share of the stage on one of the biggest boxing events ever in South Yorkshire.
But he has now told his fans that “boxing politics” have prevented him a share of the Brook v Errol Spence Jr limelight on May 27. Instead, he has down-sized radically to a dinner show at the Double Tree by Hilton, Norton, on May 12.
Typically, the evening will raise funds for his favourite cause, the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity - so some good will come of his disappointment.
Etches told The Star: “I had hoped to be chief support to Kell, in a serious fight, but it’s not to be.
“After the May 12 show, I hope to be on an ITV event in June.”
Meanwhile, Rotherham’s Lee Appleyard has been granted a huge opportunity.
The Dave Coldwell fighter will contest the Commonwealth lightweight title against Birkenhead’s Sean Dodd, at Liverpool on April 22.
“He’s someone who’s took his knocks and rebounded brilliantly and done everything asked of him” said Coldwell.
“It was my goal to get him on a big show so for him to be taking on one of the best supported fighters in the country makes me proud.
“Lee is a good fighter with a brilliant team; he won’t be going into this fight to make up the numbers.
Appleyard said: “I’ve heard so much about his crowd (support) but none of them will be in the ring when the first bell goes.”
He added: “I did an interview a few weeks ago begging for an opportunity like this and now Dave has got me one I couldn’t be more excited and I’m going in there fully focused on doing a job.
“He’s a fighter I’ve kept a close eye on and I can see so many ways that I can exploit him but for now I’ve just got to keep working as hard as I have been in the gym and keep my focus. I’m not going to let anyone down.”
Appleyard’s gym mate, Andy Townend, inflicted defeat on Dodd back in 2014 and he’ll be seeking information regarding strategy ahead of his own battle with the Wirral man.
“Me and Andy know each other inside out and I’ll definitely be getting as much as i can from him but you need to remember that fight was three years ago and Dodd has improved brilliantly since then.
“Andy will help me out loads but I’m not banking on his advice.
“I’m getting into that ring on April 22nd and preparing for the best ever version of Sean Dodd.