Hatton thumbs up for Towers and Etches

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RICKY Hatton believes two Sheffield fighters will make a big impact this year.

The former world champion believes Richard Towers will start to become a major force in the heavyweight division.

“He could surprise a few people this year...he’s a giant of a man and could be a dark horse to look out for,” Hatton said recently. Towers boxes Brazilian Daniel Bispo at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton on February 26.

Also on the bill is another Sheffielder who Hatton rates, Adam Etches.

The light-middleweight, 19, has flattened his first two professional opponents in quick time and is now bidding to make it a hat-trick in Bolton.

Etches often spars with Ricky’s younger brother, Matthew. Ricky says: “Adam is in the early stages of his career, but is working with a first class trainer in Bob Shannon.

“He is a little bit on the raw side, but Bob and myself are trying to show him a few subtle moves.

“Adam punches like a light-heavyweight. He has laid his first two opponents out and that is no surprise to us, but we want to teach him a few moves. We are showing Adam that he needs to disguise his power a bit more so we working on a few small things. He is such a good learner and is so receptive to any tips I give and hangs onto every word Bob says.

“Adam didn’t have a long amateur career so it is no shock that he is raw, but with time and patience he will become the finished article and have a successful career.”