Adam Etches itches for title shot

Adam Etches itches for title shot

03/07/2013 at 09:19Updated 03/07/2013 at 15:44

By the end of the year, unbeaten Sheffield middleweight Adam Etches (12-0) feels he'll be in a position to challenge the winner of the British title clash between Billy Joe Saunders and John Ryder.

Etches returns to action on Friday July 19 when he boxes at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Sheffield, which is being held in support of the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and Cavendish Cancer Care. The dinner show is sold out.

Saunders defends his belt against Ryder at the Copper Box Arena in September, and Etches admits that if the fight was offereed to him now, he'd jump at the chance.

"I don't think I'm far from one of those two at all," said Etches, 22.

"I'd take them if they were offered now, but I know it's about getting into the right position first.

"I think once I've boxed on this dinner show (July 19) I'll have two more fights and then be looking at the British title sometime around Christmas or maybe early 2014.

"At the moment everything is going fine and I'm pleased with my progress. That last belt I won (IBF Youth middleweight title against Belarusian Andrei Abramenka) has got me up in the IBF rankings and it's just about making the fights that'll get me a shot."

Yorkshireman Etches added: "My ultimate goal is to win a world title and to get to that stage I'll have to beat the likes of Saunders and Ryder anyway. You can't get that far without stepping up to the plate and proving yourself at British level first."