Sheffield’s Adam Etches homes in on his first title

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BIRLEY bomber Adam Etches is aiming to claim his first professional title - and cancer research will be the winner too.

The Sheffielder will take on tough Belarusian Andrei Abramenka for the IBF youth title at Ponds Forge on April 13.

The show is being staged by Richard Poxon in support of the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and Cavendish Cancer Care.

The challenge marks a huge leap in class for the 21-year-old Yorkshireman.

Abramenka has won 18 of his 22 contests and has gone the full 12 round distance with former European welterweight champion Matthew Hatton. He was also one of Ricky Hatton’s main sparring partners in the run up to The Hitman’s comeback fight with Vyacheslav Senchenko.

“It’s a massive step up for me, but this the sort of fight I want,” Etches said.

“He’s won a lot more fights than I have and he’s never been stopped.”

Etches has had no luck in arranging to meet his favoured opponent, Chris Eubank Jnr.