Adam Etches says Saturday’s KO win is only a first step on his road to redemption.
The Birley Bomber downed previously unbeaten Argentinian Victor Jesus Rosales, 29 twice before the bout at Sheffield’s Double Tree by Hilton was halted by ref Michael Alexander. Etches now has 19 wins and one loss; but the defeat to Sergey Khomitsky still rankles with him.
He said: “It was all about getting my confidence back up, working on things and improving. Slowly but surely that’s what I am going to do; get back to where I left off.
“That loss definitely set me back, but I won’t be making the same mistake again. I’m going to do all I can do to put it right. It will take time, but I will fulfil my goal.”
Etches ended the night in round three. “I was a bit rushed to start with, but I did what I needed to do.”
In fact, it had looked like the visitor might have some success with his overhand right, he rocked the Sheffielder’s head back a couple of times.
Etches then took a stiff right hand but returned it with his own, and Rosales went down on one knee in the corner. After an eight count, Etches caught him in the same corner - under the watchful eye of trainer Dom Ingle - with head and body shots.
A straight right then demolished Rosales. Etches was celebrating before the count had reached two. When it reached nine, the referee ended it. “I knew he wasn’t as strong as me. I was trying to work on a few different things, trying to get my head moving a bit more and not getting hit as much.
“I was a bit tentative and slow. I could probably have done it quicker.”
Earlier, Dronfield’s Rod Smith, 21, quickly finished off another Argentinian, 37-year-old Walter Osvaldo Gaston Calvo.
Smith had only just warmed up when his opponent decided against coming off his stool after two rounds - citing a shoulder injury.
It moved Smith’s record to seven wins - he’s now looking to manager Richard Poxon for title tests.