Six rounds of sparring with Kell Brook was enough for Adam Etches to form a decisive viewpoint - that the Sheffield boxer is well and truly ready for his world title showdown.
Etches is an aggressive middleweight brought in to mimic the come-forward style of welterweight Brook’s opponent, IBF champion Shawn Porter.
And while their sparring wasn’t a no-holds barred session - it was too close to the August 16 fight night for that - Etches saw enough to form a positive opinion of the Sheffield man’s chances.
“He is looking sharp and as fast as I’ve seen him” says the unbeaten Dronfield scrapper. “Me and Kell are friends but we do have proper ding-dongs every now and then. You couldn’t do that all the time because one of us would get injured, but some good shots were let go and I know he’s fit, ready and at his peak. Our difference in weight (divisions) does make a difference, I am bigger and stronger, although Kell is strong for a welter. He has the pedigree, is tidier than me and is faster than any middleweight on the planet so a plus for me was if I could get out of the way of some of his punches I was doing well. On the other hand, if he can take a dig from me, he’ll take one from Porter.”
Etches said Porter’s style was similar to his own. “He likes to get stuck in and go for it” he said. “There is nothing special about his boxing ability and Kell can out-box him, but he will have to stick to the game plan against a decent operator like that.
“Porter could knock himself out - rushing straight into one of Kell’s punches and absorbing double the power. Boxers like him, and me, can be vulnerable to getting laid out, like that. Personally, I predict a good fight and a late stoppage for Kell.”
A Brook win would be an indirect bonus to likes of Etches, Scott Jenkins and Kid Galahad, he added.
“We are long way behind Kell (in status and profile) but if he wins, that opens doors for us and other boxers. I would love to box on a big Kell Brook show here in Sheffield!”