Most people would feel a smidge intimidated if the Tyson Fury clan were in the opposite corner.
Not Jack Etches.
Even at the tender age of 17, the Dronfield-trained amateur is ready to take on the family of Britain’s biggest world champion.
Jack boxes Tyson’s brother Tommy in Derby on Sunday.
“I hear that his brothers Tyson and Hughie are coming to follow him - but I’m not worried about it” says the young gun, who travels from his home in Skegness three times a week to learn his trade at the Akademy gym, under trainer Mick Otter. “I want to get my name out there. This fight will add a little spice and will give me the chance to showcase what I can do” said Etches.
Jack comes from a pretty famous boxing family himself - his cousin is ‘Birley Bomber’ Adam Etches, who fights unbeaten Belarussian Dzmitry Atrokhau on the Kell Brook undercard at Sheffield Arena on March 26.
The teenage Etches is 10+6 so far in his fledgling amateur career having been persuaded to come to Dronfield by Adam and has since become East Midlands champion. “I started coming about a year ago and it’s been really good” said Jack, who wants to represent England.
“Adam has been my inspiration but I want to get out of his shadow, there is more than one Etches and I want to establish myself, turning professional when I am ready” said the college boy who has taken time off his studies to progress his boxing.
Trainer Mick Otter said: “We have worked on his style; he has now got power, the ability to switch-hit and possesses that rare ingredient of class. He has got speed and uses his angles. He can hit and move. He sparred with Adam and I think Adam was amazed how he came on.”
The Akademy has attracted Azerbaijani champion Azmat Murtazaliev who moved to the Derbyshire gym after trying his luck in the north east.