Etches edges towards another title

MDR 160612 Etches v Zold 01Adam “The Bomber” Etches will be looking to add another belt to his collection come September 20 when he takes on Brazilian Samir Santos Barbosa at the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield on September 20 for the IBF international title on the Hennessy Sports bill which is headlined by Kid Galahad’s defence of his Commonwealth super-bantamweight title.

The Bomber currently ranked 13 by the IBF is no stranger to title fights having already captured both the sactioning bodies youth middleweight and super-middleweight belts.

“I’ve not had a chance to have a look at him properly yet, but from what everyone has told me he’s a really tough fighter who will come over here to give me the fight of my life,” Etches, 16-0 (13 KOs), said.

“He’s been in with some of the best middleweights in the world and held his own so I think this is going to be the hardest fight of my career so far.

“These sorts of opponents are what I need now. I’m looking to kick on to bigger and better things and beating a good boxer for the IBF International title should move me up the rankings.

“Touch wood, I win this and then I can look for more belts and, who knows, in 18 months from now I could be knocking on the door of a world title shot. Kell Brook won an IBF title at the weekend and if I could go on to the same it would be massive for boxing in Sheffield.”

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