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Adam Etches, aged 21, is a middleweight boxer and is unbeaten in 11 fights.

What have you been doing today?

Nothing really exciting. I have just been lounging around at home. Normally I go to the gym twice a day for two hours in the morning and two hours at night.

Who is your inspiration and why?

Ricky Hatton. When he was a fighter, he was my idol. So many people used to follow him in boxing.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

David Beckham because he has played for some of the biggest clubs in the world.

What’s your favourite other sport?

Football. I am a fan of all three Sheffield clubs; United, Wednesday and Sheffield FC. I want them all to do well. It would be great if United and Wednesday could get back into the top flight.

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

Ricky Hatton. He gives me quite a bit of advice. I probably speak to him once a week.

When was the last time you cried?

When my grandad died four years ago.

Who or what are you most proud of?

I would have to say myself for following my dream. It is hard work to motivate yourself to train every day but if it was easy then everyone would be doing it.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

Be patient and don’t always rush.

When did you know you were good at what you do?

I knew after my first amateur fight when I was 13. It was in Wolves and I stopped my opponent in the first round.

What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

My phone. I just couldn’t live without it. I am always on Twitter.

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

It would have to be my pro debut. I remember not being able to sleep the night before it. I was wondering what it would be like in front of a big crowd and silly little things like not wearing a head guard or using gloves.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

I think every fighter doubts themselves. I am confident in my own ability but I always think I will win. You always wonder what the other guy who you are facing has got. But as long as you have trained properly, there is no reason why you shouldn’t win.

What is your view on social networks like twitter and Facebook?

Twitter is brilliant. It is a great way of interacting with your fans.

How do you relax away from sport?

I go out for meals with my girlfriend and I go fishing when I can.

Where was your last holiday - and would you go again ?

I went for a fortnight to Cyprus last August with my girlfriend. It was absolutely boiling. I would not mind going there every year!

Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite - if not who provides that favourite meal?

I tend to just cook for myself. I make proached egg on toast and have porridge quite a bit. I have steak a fair bit too. All diet stuff.

What was the last book you read?

I have never read a book. I think it is because I have not got the patience for it. I always like to do something active. I can’t motivate myself to read a book.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

I am not sure. I would certainly be working and working hard because that is the only way to be successful.

Tell our readers in your own words why you think we’re interested enough to interview you?

I don’t know! Probably because I am a young, up-and-coming fighter who wants to do the city proud.

Favourite TV programme

Every now and then I will flick on the TV and watch Coronation Street. Occasionally, I will watch a football match or a boxing show. I don’t stay in a lot to watch TV because I am quite an active person. I usually go out for a walk or go for a game of pool with mates.