RICKY HATTON is predicting a top class performance from
middleweight Adam Etches at Sheffield's Ponds Forge Arena this
Etches, 23, bids to win his third professional title when he takes on
tough Mexican Felipe De La Paz Teniente for the WBC Youth title
and 'The Hitman' is expecting sparks to fly.
"Adam (above right) is one of the country's biggest ticket
sellers and is fast gaining a reputation as one the country's
biggest punching and most exciting prospects," Hatton said ahead of
Saturday's BoxNation televised bout.
"I've said before that he hits more like a light-heavyweight
than a middleweight, but some of his recent opponents have gone
down like they've been hit by a heavyweight.
"He's boxing a Mexican, which is never easy. They breed them
tough over there, as I know from when I fought Jose Luis Castillo
and Juan Lazcano, but I expect him to come through this with flying
Etches will potentially look towards a British title fight
should he come through this next fight, but Hatton believes he has
the potential to go much further.
"Adam has had a perfect build up to this point and has shown
"I'm about to let him off the leash in the near future and see
how he fares with the best middleweights on the domestic scene, so
fans will get a glimpse of what's in store from this power punching
"He's already shown the potential he's got and the hardest thing
going forwards will be getting him the right fights.
"Adam didn't have many amateur fights and he was a little bit
raw when he first turned over, but he's come on very nicely in the
past couple of years and I think the sky's the limit."
This Saturday's show is headlined by Lucas "Big Daddy" Browne's
vacant Commonwealth title clash with Canada's Eric Martel Bahoeli
and a European bantamweight clash between Karim Guerfi and
mandatory challenger Zhanat Zhakiyanov.