Adam Etches won’t be taking the easy route to redemption.
The Sheffield middleweight, who was stopped by Sergey Khomitsky in March, is coming back with a fight against an unbeaten Argentinian. He faces puncher Victor Jesus Rosales, who has ten straight wins, half of them by knockout. They collide at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Norton on Saturday, July 18.
Rosales is an interesting choice - and fits Etches’ desire for a challenging opponent.
The 29-year-old only made his pro debut in August 2013 and has swept all before him.
However he has never fought outside his home country before and his last victory was a split decision. Etches, who is ranked ninth in this country by one ranking organisation, is keen to regain his position higher up the food chain.
The ‘Birley Bomber’ will be making a sizeable donation to Weston Park Cancer charity from his purse.
Meanwhile, Brandon Rios is getting pumped up ahead of an expected clash with Sheffield world champion Kell Brook.
His trainer Robert Garcia said: “It’s not done because there are still no contracts being signed but it looks like the fight’s going to happen. Brandon is excited about the fight. We got exactly three months so as soon as we get the green light Brandon’s going to start training camp for at least a good two-and-a-half months.”
American website THA Boxing Voice said Brook “will welcome the challenge of a known American contender who’s calling card is to press his opponents with punches in bunches in close quarters.
“Rios was a demon in the lightweight division with that approach but whether he will be able to implement the same tactic against an Adonis like Brook -who managed to sap the efforts of a bullish Shawn Porter in a title-winning effort by clinching time and again- remains to be seen.”
Garica told the website: “ People might not see what I know about Brandon. Kell Brook is a good fighter, a good boxer sometimes but he’s not a runner and that’s what gives Brandon problems; guys that are runners.”
“[Anthony] Peterson was a good boxer a few years ago and Brandon destroyed him. Acosta was a great boxer and Brandon destroyed him. They’re not runners or too defensive. This guy [Brook] fights also so I think it’s going to be a perfect fight.”