Sheffield boxer revealed as Hatton’s undercard for comeback
Date: 05/10/2012. Story submitted by: SophieColgate
Boxing’s most eagerly awaited event of the year will boast a Sheffield boxer in the form of Adam ‘The Bomber’ Etches after he was chosen as the undercard to Ricky Hatton’s comeback fight.
The 21-year-old from Birley fights as a middleweight and is sponsored by Wilson Field Ltd.
He has thanked the firm for their continued support, which will soon see his tenth fight in front of a whopping crowd of 20,000 at the MEN Arena.
Adam said: “I’d like to thank Wilson Field for sponsoring me. It really means a lot to know that I have that support and it’ll help me as I train hard towards the biggest fight of my career. Without them I would find it hard to work.”
His praise is to be expected, as the backing of the insolvency and business turnaround firm has allowed Adam to focus fully on boxing as a full-time career. He is now part of Hatton’s stable of talent within Hatton Promotions.
Hatton himself first announced he was coming out of retirement in September. He will take to the ring once again and fight against former WBA champion Vyacheslav Senchenko at the MEN on Saturday, November 24.
Ricky Hatton, said: “I really appreciate what Wilson Field has done for Adam. Adam is very talented, and one of our brightest young prospects.”
It was that raw talent that saw the younger boxer turn pro in 2010, with Wilson Field coming on board to sponsor him just a year later.
Managed by Richard Poxon, he is on the books of Hatton Promotions. The funding he receives from his sponsors helps with living, training and travel expenses.
Richard said: “Wilson Field’s sponsorship allows Adam to give 100 per cent to his training schedule as a full-time professional.
"It can be difficult for young boxers to stay full-time, many have to work as well as train and it’s not always beneficial. Adam has a promising future ahead of him as a professional boxer.”
Adam first discovered he was going to be Hatton’s undercard just two weeks ago after returning from a fortnight of tough training in Tenerife.
“There will be eight fights on the night but I won’t find out when I will be boxing until the actual night,” explains Adam.
“Ideally I’d like to fight closest to Ricky’s fight as I can. I’ve still got a bit of weight to lose but I’m well on target for where I’ve got to be.”
The fight has extra resonance for the boxer as he as due to box at the very same arena last April when Amir Khan was boxing, but had to pull out of the event due to injury.
This time he is focusing on his fitness and hoping to be at the top of his game when November rolls around.
“It’s always really hectic leading up to fights having to sell tickets and promote it, but this fight is so big I don’t have to worry about that, it’s just a case of making sure I’m fit,” said Adam.
“This is the biggest fight of my career and the biggest show in Britain since Ricky retired. I see him a couple of times a week and he’s looking in good shape.”
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