Sergey Khomitsky Warns Adam Etches about Expecting a KO

SERGEY KHOMITSKY says the only place Adam Etches will stop him is in his dreams, and he’ll give the young Brit a rude awakening when they clash at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on Saturday night (March 28).
 
In a career spanning 16 years, Khomitsky has only been legitimately halted by Kazak superstar Gennady Golovkin, with his other two stoppages coming as the result from a retirement against Avtandil Khurtsidze and a mix up with the taping on his gloves against former world champ Robert Stieglitz.
 
His record against British fighters is also superb, with victories over Jamie Moore and Frank Buglioni as well as a disputable draw against Nick Blackwell.
 
Despite this, Etches has predicted that his punching power will be enough to take the Belarusian visitor out inside the distance.
 
“It’s very easy to dream about knocking me out, but very difficult to do,” Khomitsky said. “As soon as the bell rings Etches will realise he’s let his imagination get the better of him.
 
“I know he is very young and talented with a big punch. He’ll need more than that against me, though.
 
“I do not like to make predictions, but I am very motivated for this fight and I have people waiting for me to return to Belarus with a resounding victory.”
 
Etches is one of British boxing’s biggest ticket sellers and will certainly have the crowd behind him come fight night. Khomitsky, however, isn’t fazed by that and is planning on converting some of Adam’s supporters to his own cause.
 
“The fans are expecting Etches to beat me and I’m happy to be the underdog, but I like to beat the home favourites, I like to beat the champions and I want to return to the top of the world rankings,” he said.
 
“UK fans know me very well and I like the atmosphere they create. When I start to beat Etches, I think they will start to support me instead of him.”
 
Etches v Khomitsky features on a huge night of boxing in Sheffield as Kell Brook defends his IBF welterweight title against Romania’s Jo Jo Dan and Gavin McDonnell continues his fairy tale story challenging Ukrainian Oleksander Yegorov for the vacant European super-bantamweight title.
 
Frankie Gavin makes his Sky Sports return as he prepares for his crunch clash with Chris van Heerden on May 9 in Birmingham and former world bantamweight king Anselmo Moreno makes his UK debut against Wales’ Robbie Turley. Kal Yafai continues his march towards a world title and GB Podium squad member Charlie Edwards fights for the second time in the paid ranks on the bill.
 
Tickets are on sale priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £150 available from the Motorpoint Arena on 0114 2565656 and at www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk. VIP tickets at £250 are exclusively available from Matchroom Boxing at www.matchroomboxing.com.

Adam Etches: “I Will Be the First to KO Sergey Khomitsky”

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ADAM ETCHES says he’ll do what Martin Murray and Frank Buglioni couldn’t and stop Sergey Khomitsky.
 
In a career spanning 16 years, the Belarusian has only failed to hear the final bell three times, with middleweight superstar Gennady Golovkin being the only man to legitimately take him out.
 
Khomitsky’s other stoppages come due to a retirement against Avtandil Khurtsidze and a mix up concerning loose tape on his gloves during his fight with former two-time world champion Robert Stieglitz.
 
But Etches believes he has dynamite in his fists and can add to the visitor to his long line of knockout victims.
 
“He’s not coming to make the numbers up and just get through the fight, he’s coming to win and I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen,” Adam, 18-0 (15 KOs), said.
 
“I’m expecting to stop him. A lot of people probably think I’ll win on points or there’ll be an upset, but I think I hit hard enough to get him out of there eventually.
 
“I never go into a fight expecting to go 12 rounds. I want to take them out as soon as possible and this is no different.. Obviously he’s not going to keel over easily and I have to be fit enough to go the distance if needed, but I do think I can stop him.
 
“My ultimate goal is to be a world champion and to get there you’ve got to be beating this kind of opponent.
 
“Everyone knows Khomitsky’s tough and he’s stopped Buglioni and drew with Nick Blackwell, but I believe I’m better than they are and I’m one of the top middleweights in Britain.”
 
Etches v Khomitsky features on a huge night of boxing in Sheffield as Kell Brook defends his IBF welterweight title against Romania’s Jo Jo Dan and Gavin McDonnell continues his fairy tale story challenging Ukrainian Oleksander Yegorov for the vacant European super-bantamweight title.
 
Frankie Gavin makes his Sky Sports return as he prepares for his crunch clash with Chris van Heerden on May 9 in Birmingham and former world bantamweight king Anselmo Moreno makes his UK debut against Wales’ Robbie Turley. Kal Yafai continues his march towards a world title and GB Podium squad member Charlie Edwards fights for the second time in the paid ranks on the bill.
 
Tickets are on sale priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £150 available from the Motorpoint Arena on 0114 2565656 and at www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk. VIP tickets at £250 are exclusively available from Matchroom Boxing atwww.matchroomboxing.com.

Frank Buglioni Returns July 16 at York Hall

Frank Buglioni roars back into action on Wednesday 16th July when he headlines a title-packed show featuring London’s favourite fighters at the York Hall, Bethnal Green.

Enfield star Buglioini will take on Tichfield’s Sam Couzens with the Vacant Southern Area Super-Middleweight title on the line, alongside top talents Mitchell Smith, Lewis Pettitt and Bradley Skeete and more on the card.

The show will be televised live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

Former WBO European Champion Buglioni, 25, is raring to get through the ropes again following his first career defeat to hard-hitting Sergey Khomitsky in April, and is more focused than ever to become a world champion.

“It was a hard lesson to learn, but I’m still here, I’ve learnt from it and I’m more determined than ever to reach my goal of becoming world champion,” Said Buglioni.

“There are no excuses from me, I wasn’t at my best and I got caught with some good shots by him. Now I’ve got to prove my strength of character to myself and my fans that I can come back bigger and better,”

“It’s great to be fighting for a title in my first fight back. I could’ve gone down the six or eight round route to ease myself back into it, but fighting for the Southern Area title against Couzens, who will be up for the fight, will make me perform to my best. He’s seen what happened to me last time and will want to do it again so I’ve got to stay 100 percent focussed on him,”

“Other great fighters have lost and come back to win world titles so it’s down to me to show that I’m the real thing by winning the title against Couzens and then moving on.”

Chief support sees big-hitting Harrow Weald super-featherweight talent Mitchell Smith face unbeaten Peter Cope from Hartlepool for the Vacant English Super-Featherweight title.

Smith, 21, was scheduled to face Cope in April, but had to withdraw due to a knee injury. However, he’s now recovered and fit to continue his 2014 campaign towards the British title.

All-action super-bantamweight Lewis Pettitt makes the first defence of his WBA International title that he won in April with a sensational fifth round win against Emerson Santos Carvalho.

Pettitt, 23, is closing-in fast on the top domestic 122lb fighters and is looking to put on another power-packed performance to show that he’s the next big name coming through the division.

Penge’s Bradley Skeete returns to action in a ten-round international contest following his career best showing against Tobia Giuseppe Loriga in April. Skeete, 26, stopped the Italian in seven exciting rounds to make the first defence of his WBA Intercontinental Welterweight title.

The show features a quality packed undercard including Wembley Light-Middleweight Gary Corcoran, Chingford super-middleweight Tom Baker, Islington welterweight Georgie Kean, Canning Town light-welterweight Billy Morgan, Erith middleweight J.M Coyle. Completing the undercard is the highly anticpated pro-debuts of Clapham light-heavyweight Kirk Garvey (2012 ABA Light-Heavyweight Champion) and Raynes Park welterweight Louis Adolphi (2012 ABA Light-Welterweight Champion).