Adam Etches: I’ll be the first to KO Khomitsky

Adam Etches
Adam Etches

Adam Etches says he’ll do what Martin Murray and Frank Buglioni could not and stop Sergey Khomitsky.

In a career spanning 16 years, the Belarusian has only failed to hear the final bell three times, with middleweight superstar Gennady Golovkin being the only man to legitimately take him out.

Khomitsky’s other stoppages come due to a retirement against Avtandil Khurtsidze and a mix up concerning loose tape on his gloves during his fight with former two-time world champion Robert Stieglitz.

But Dronfield’s Bomber Etches believes he has dynamite in his fists and can add to the visitor to his long line of knockout victims on March 28.

“He’s not coming to make the numbers up and just get through the fight, he’s coming to win and I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen,” Etches, 18-0 (15 KOs), said.

“I’m expecting to stop him. A lot of people probably think I’ll win on points or there’ll be an upset, but I think I hit hard enough to get him out of there eventually.

“I never go into a fight expecting to go 12 rounds. I want to take them out as soon as possible and this is no different.

“Obviously he’s not going to keel over easily and I have to be fit enough to go the distance if needed, but I do think I can stop him.

“My ultimate goal is to be a world champion and to get there you’ve got to be beating this kind of opponent.

“Everyone knows Khomitsky’s tough and he’s stopped Buglioni and drew with Nick Blackwell, but I believe I’m better than they are and I’m one of the top middleweights in Britain.”

Etches’ clash with Khomitsky is on the undercard of Kell Brook’s first defence of his IBF welterweight title against Jo Jo Dan of Romania.

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Frankie Gavin prepares for his crunch clash with Chris van Heerden on May 9 in Birmingham and former world bantamweight king Anselmo Moreno makes his UK debut against Wales’ Robbie Turley.

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