BY recording impressive wins last weekend, half a dozen Sheffield prospects proved that there’s more to Sheffield boxing than just Ryan Rhodes and Kell Brook.
Although Rhodes and Brook are the big names currently in local boxing, there are number of local prospects with the potential to win titles too.
Of course it’s still early days for the likes of Adam Etches and Joe Rodgers, and tougher tests will come for them before they move up to championship level.
But they’ve certainly made exciting starts to their professional careers.
Former Parson Cross ABC fighter Rodgers made his professional bow at the Barnsley Metrodome last weekend and the 21-year-old blew away the more experienced Ben Morrish in two rounds. A vicious array of punches finished Morrish off. Etches, 20, from Birley, is rated highly by his promoter Ricky Hatton and has recently moved to Brendan Ingle’s gym. In his first fight with them, he beat tough Belarusian Yauheni Abdurazakau in Sheffield on Saturday and now has five wins as a pro.
Fellow Ingle fighter Richard Towers was on the same bill. He’s thought of highly amongst British heavyweight talent and he wore down big-hitting Yuri Bihoutseu with a dominant display to move onto twelve straight wins. Hillsborough-trained Jez Wilson recorded a win down at welterweight. He stopped Isle of Wight fighter Jay Morris at Ponds Forge with a destructive barrage of shots in the first round.
Arbourthorne’s Jerome ‘Wipeout’ Wilson lost to Morris last time out, but got back to winning ways with a confident points win over Maltese debutant Daniel Micallef, on his trainer Dave Coldwell’s Birmingham show last Friday.
Scott Jenkins from Intake recorded his second career win against the experienced Steve Gethin.
Jenkins was ruthless against Gethin, who has been in over 75 contests. He patiently picked his punches and forced the Walsall man to retire on his stool ahead of the third round.