Poxon’s pride at Hatton show

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SHEFFIELD-based boxing match-maker Richard Poxon is glowing with pride at the thought of Saturday’s Ricky Hatton comeback - and not just because of the return of the hero himself.

“This is the best undercard we have put together and the title fights are all top quality. They are eagerly awaited domestic fights,” said the Hatton Promotions director.

Hatton makes his comeback to the ring in a sold-out welterweight contest against Vyacheslav Senchenko at the MEN Arena in Manchester.

The undercard includes Martin Murray v Jorge Navarro (vacant WBA interim middleweight title), Scott Quigg v Rendall Munroe (vacant WBA interim super-bantamweight title), Gary Buckland v Stephen Foster Jr (British super-featherweight title) and Sergey Rabchenko v Cedric Vitu (European light-middleweight title and vacant WBC silver belt).

Rabchenko is the man who put paid to Sheffielder Ryan Rhodes’ career in June.

There is a specific Sheffield interest on the bill in Adam Etches, Scott Jenkins and Sam O’Maison.

Etches, the Birley Bomber, is looking for his 10th straight win since turning professional two years ago. He has seven KOs on his record.

If the middleweight comes through unscathed, he has another bout lined up, closer to home, at his favourite venue, Double Tree by Hilton Hotel (formerly Park Hotel) , Meadowhead, on December 19.

Jenkins has a similar programme. The lightweight is looking for the eighth win of his fledgling career.

A third Sheffielder, Sam O’Maison, unlike the others, knows who his opponent will be - Syrian-born Youssef Al Hamidi, who lives in Dewsbury.