Injured Sheffield boxers want a title-winning 2016


Two Sheffield fighters who have had their year cut short by injury are determined to come back fitter and stronger.

Birley middleweight Adam Etches has recently undergone an operation and had to pull out of a fight in Monaco next month.

Etches, who lost his unbeaten record in March, said: “This year has been a shocker but at least after the operation I am going to be 100% again.

“I was gutted about not fighting in Monaco. I have to write off what’s happened to me in 2015, keep working hard and have better luck next year. Everybody who knows me knows I will do what I have to, to get back to where I was and go further.”

Meanwhile, Beighton’s Ross Burkinshaw expects to be back fighting in the ring late Summer next year as he pledges to overcome his own injury setback.

WBO European bantamweight champion suffered a sixth successive shoulder dislocation recently and will undergo an operation on November 3.

“In the past I have had keyhole surgery, but this will be a bigger job” the formr soldier says. “The socket is chipped and there is some ligament damage but they say I will come back stronger after this. I can start training around February, but obviously it will take a while to get into proper shape.

“But I am confident the shoulder will hold up in the future.”

Doncaster Abdon Cesar Maxi Hughes fights Cameroonian Abdon Cesar in Buxton on Friday.