ADAM ETCHES is hoping for a place on the biggest fight card in Britain this year after making it a hat-trick of professional wins.
The exciting Sheffield teenager knocked out his first two opponents, but was taken the four rounds distance by Aleksei Tsatiasivili on Hatton Promotions card at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium.
Etches, 19, hopes his latest winning performance will earn a slot on the undercard when Amir Khan defends his WBA light-welterweight title against Paul McCloskey at Manchester’s MEN Arena on April 16.
Around 300 fans made the trip on Saturday and Etches said: “There is talk of me getting a four rounder on that bill, which would be something special so early in my boxing career.
“If I get the okay then I will sell as many tickets as I can and bring a huge following over from Sheffield."
Despite being extended, Etches won every round against the plucky Estonian who was on the receiving end of some sledgehammer blows before losing 40-36.
Etches revealed that he has been nursing a hand injury for two weeks and believes it prevented him from making it another early night.
Etches who was given good advice by trainer Andy Marlow during the bout added: “I damaged my hand a couple of weeks ago.
“It didn’t trouble me during the fight, but I think it was playing on my mind because I was wary of letting my shots go on occasions.
“But it is all part of the learning curve and I will have a few days off before I am punishing Andy on the pads again.”
RICKY HATTON will support Stephen Foster Jr in whatever decision he makes on his future, following a shock European super-featherweight title defeat on Saturday night.
The Salford braveheart was floored five times by mandatory contender Ermano Fegatillo before losing on points in front of a sell-out 2000 crowd on Hatton Promotions quality show in the Premier Suite at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium.
Foster Jr who has been suffering from a virus since last Monday lost 114-110 and 114-109 (twice) against the slick Belgium and was left to contemplate his future.
Hatton said: “Steve can go away on holiday to Jamaica, gets his thoughts together and he will come to the right decision on where he goes from here.
“Whatever he decides, I and everybody at Hatton Promotions will support Steve.
“The Foster family have been close to me for a number of years and always will be.
Despite being under the weather, Hatton was full of praise for Fegatilli who won for the 22nd time in 26 contests
He added: “Steve hung in there like the warrior he is and never gave up, but he was up against his mandatory challenger and it was never going to be easy even if he was fully fit.”
Foster Jr was down from a left hook to the body in round nine, three times in the tenth – twice from body shots and from a right to the jaw and dumped by another body shot in round 11.
Trainer Maurice Core appeared to want to pull Foster Jr out after 11 rounds, but warrior Foster Jr refused and even won the final round.
There was bizarre and unfortunate end to Craig Lyons’s English bantamweight title defence against Josh Wale when the fight ended in a technical draw.
Referee John Keane stopped the bout in the third round because both boxers suffered terrible cuts to their left eye.
While the action lasted there was little to pick between them and a mini classic was developing. There will almost certainly be a rematch once their injuries have healed.
Four rounds are needed to be completed before the judges’ scorecards come into play, but the draw means Lyon keeps his crown.