Sheffield boxer ‘Bomber’ plots explosive show against Latvian

Adam Etches and matchmaker Richard Poxon
Adam Etches and matchmaker Richard Poxon
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Adam Etches will take on a tough Lativan super middleweight on December 11 hoping to do what rivals John Ryder and Chris Eubank Jr couldn’t do - knock him out.

Ruslans Pojonisevson lost against the talented British pair, but went the distance against them.

And the rugged Pojonisevson has only been stopped six times in a 51-fight career.

Etches wants not only to beat him at Norton’s Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, but wants to send out a signal, by doing it in some style.

“I will be expected to win, but what is really important, is how I win” said the unbeaten Dronfield talent. “This isn’t a big show, but it’s important to me as it takes me one step closer to where I want to be.”

Etches’ highest ranking across the governing bodies is with the IBF and it is along that route that he hopes to follow his buddy Kell Brook towards global status.

The ‘Birley Bomber’ has been sparring with Barnsley’s Ben Davies, who fights Coventry’s Mike Byles at the Metrodome, tonight.

Pojonisevs lost over six rounds to Ryder in London in July and did the same over eight with Eubank Jr in 2012. However in April last year he was KO’d in Blackpool in the first round by Callum Smith.

This will be his seventh fight this year, after campaigning in England and Italy.

Meanwhile, ex world champion Clinton Woods has scoffed at suggestions Sheffield IBF welterweight world champion Brook beat Shawn Porter mainly because the referee was lenient with his “holding.” The accusation has been made by Porter’s trainer and been repeated in America so frequently the accusation has almost become ‘fact.’

Woods said: “You don’t win over there by holding! He deserved to win; the judges got the decision right. Kell is class. But he’s now heading into the big league. He could beat most of the others outside that league operating at 75%. But he’ll need to be at 100 per cent to beat the top men.”

Brook says his leg injury is now “bang on” and he’s looking forward to competing in Sheffield in the New Year.”