Boxing: future is bright in Sheffield and Rotherham

Adam Etches in the spotlight - Richard Poxon in the centre. Pic: Dean Woolley
Adam Etches in the spotlight - Richard Poxon in the centre. Pic: Dean Woolley

The future of Sheffield boxing is in good hands - with Adam Etches and Kid Galahad leading the youthful charge up the rankings.

Both fighters have been short-listed for the honour of Young Boxer of the Year Award, an accolade ‎is voted on by the British Boxing Writers Association.

Rotherham is well represented too - with the heavy-handed Chad Gaynor also nominated on his return from training in America.

His manager Dave Coldwell says it’s a morale-booster before the exciting 23-year-old contests the English welterweight title with Ahmet Patterson, at iceSheffield a week tomorrow.

Previous winners of the annual award include Sheffield’s Naseem Hamed and Nigel Benn, Ricky Hatton, and Joe Calzaghe.

Galahad (Barry Awad) is being tipped for world champion status at 24.

His Ingle camp are convinced he can follow the path laid by Kell Brook, who became IBF champion last month.

Commonwealth champ Galahad, who fights at Ponds Forge on September 20, is itching for fights against the likes of Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton. In truth, world titles are all he is interested in.

Meanwhile Etches’ manager Richard Poxon is delighted the middleweight has been short-listed for the second year running.

“It’s a sign of Adam’s growing reputation amongst boxing aficionados” he said.

“To be nominated two years on the trot is a real achievement. Adam’s still only 23 but the promise he’s showing is getting recognised in the right places. It shows that he’s going in the right direction and that everything we’re doing is working.

“I don’t see anybody as exciting as Adam around his weight. He can punch like nobody I’ve come across and as soon as the bell rings, he’s aiming to knock you out. I think that’s what the press and the fans love about him.”

Etches fights 34-year-old Brazilian Samir Santos Barbosa on the Galahad undercard.

It is a 12-rounder for ownership of the vacant IBF International middleweight title.