Etches warms up for Monte Carlo with a win

Adam Etches in action against Yuri Pompilio
Adam Etches in action against Yuri Pompilio
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If Adam Etches had his mind on bigger things, he couldn’t afford to let it show.

The Sheffield man, described by Ricky Hatton as amongst the best middleweight prospects in the world, is scheduled to box on the undercard of a world title event in Monte Carlo on February 1.

The French Riviera is a long way from an icy December night in Norton.

Yet, on Thursday, Etches took his record to 15 straight wins in a sold-out charity dinner show at the Hilton by Double Tree hotel.

The night was in aid of the Weston Park teenage cancer unit, part of a new campaign, backed by The Star, called Let’s KO Cancer.

It was a modest show in size, but it’s important to keep the popular Etches ticking over - and, of course, supply funds for very deserving cases.

Etches, aged 22, outpointed a potentially dangerous, taller opponent in Portugal’s Yuri Pompilio (59-56).

The visitor had never been stopped and you could see why - he could make a decent future sparring partner for Etches as he attempts to emulate the upward progress of one of his supporters, ringside, Kell Brook.

Etches was always on top and frequently bullied Pompilio into a corner. But the away fighter’s long reach and ability to take harder punches than he himself could throw saw him through the six rounds. By round three Etches had found in his rhythm but it was to Pompilio’s credit that he avoided any match-ending concussion.

The other local on the two-fight card was Scott Jenkins who enjoyed a comprehensive 60-54 win over Yordan Vasilev, who had only arrived from Bulgaria the previous evening.

Jenkins, 22, moved to 12 consecutive wins after he was prepared to get tagged himself as he took the fight to his rival, ko’d by Sheffield’s Ross Burkinshaw in 2007.

n Dronfield’s Lewis Taylor takes on Max Maxwell tonight on the undercard of Dennis Hobson’s IBF title showdown at Leeds, headed by Stuart Hall v Vusi Malinga at bantamweight.