UK Boxing: Adam Etches; Mark Thompson; Hosea Burton

HATTON PROMOTIONS prospects Adam Etches and Scott Jenkins have signed 12 month sponsorship deals with Owlerton Greyhound Stadium and Napoleons Casino and Restaurant. The unbeaten pair hope to celebrate their new agreements by storming to KO victories on Hatton Promotions big Sky Sports televised card in their hometown Sheffield on Saturday (March 24.).

Etches bids for his seventh straight win when he meets Bulgarian Stilian Kostoc and 21-year-old Jenkins faces Hungary’s Adrian Fuzesi at Ponds Forge Arena.

Etches said: “It is fantastic that Scott and myself are getting this support from the local business community.

“Hopefully we will both do our new sponsors proud and go on to win British titles and reach the world stage.”

Dave Perry, General Manager at Owlerton Stadium said: “We are a keen supporter of up and coming sporting talent from the Sheffield area so it is an exciting time to be involved with both Adam and Scott, at the start of their very promising careers.

“Over the years, the Stadium has hosted all sorts of sporting occasions, and we know many of our regulars are avid followers of other sports across the region.”

In the bill topper Gary Buckland defends his British super-featherweight title against Middleborough’s Paul Truscott.

Other fights: Patrick Mendy v Bradley Pryce, Sergey Rabchenko v Ronny Gabel, Richard Towers v Harold Sconiers, Mitch Buckland v Francis Maina. Carl Bell, Jason Cunningham and Jack Perry face selected opponents

Boxing starts at 6.15pm and the remaining few tickets are priced at £35 general admission, £55 floor seating, £75 ringside and £100 VIP Ringside. You can buy by calling The Hatton Box Office 01925 755 222, Ticketmaster 0844 847 2500, Ticketline 0844 888 9991, any boxer on the bill or online


In one of the most eagerly awaited domestic comebacks of the year, Coldwell Boxing’s Mark Thompson will face off against Eddie Corcoran 8-1 (3) as part of a fantastic, evenly matched undercard to Tony Bellew’s British light heavyweight title clash against Danny McIntosh at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on April 14th.

Thompson, who has not fought in two years, recently signed up to Dave Coldwell’s ever growing stable of fighters and his new promoter is thrilled with the match up and reappearance of Thompson.

“I’m delighted to make the fight. Corcoran’s very confident and he’s got a great looking record with his only defeat coming against (Commonwealth welterweight champion) Denton Vassell,” said Coldwell.

“Mark Thompson vs Eddie Corcoran is a real fight and if he comes through that and has one or two fights more I’d then put him in with the winner of Colin Lynes vs Junior Witter (who are due to fight for the British welterweight title in the future.)
Renowned for his punching power and his never say die attitude, Thompson is ready to be let off the leash after a forced absence from the sport.

“Mark’s chomping at the bit. I’m excited about promoting him and the things I’m hearing about him in the gym. And without doubt he remains one of the biggest punchers on the domestic scene,” Coldwell enthused.

When speaking of his next opponent, Thompson had this to say. “He’s not a massive puncher but he’s a tall rangy fighter so I’ll need to go in and put the pressure on him.

“I’m going to go in, do what I do and get the job done. My weight’s alright, I’m feeling fit and I just can’t wait to get back out there, get the job done and move on.”

David Coldwell in association with Eddie Hearn present ‘The Big Bang’ which is live and exclusive on Sky Sports HD on Saturday, 14th April.

Tickets are priced at £30, £40, £60, £80, VIP tickets £150 and all available from;

“Burton’s a little Tommy Hearns,” says Joe Gallagher

“He’s the hardest puncher I’ve ever came across.”

High praise indeed from one of Britain’s leading trainers whose stable includes names such as Quigg, Crolla and Smith.
Joe Gallagher’s elite squad of British fighters also contains the precocious talent of Hosea Burton.

Earlier this month, “The Hammer” trounced Viktor Tzonev in the first round of his professional debut. His opponent felt the full force of a right hand that is starting to make some shockwaves in the sport.

“If you think he hits hard now, wait a year or two till he’s fully developed,” added Gallagher when speaking to

“Hosea boxed really well the other day (in Bolton) and we’re all very happy with the kid. He’s been with me since he was 11-years old and he was the last of mine to turn professional.

“It’s great to see how everyone in the gym has gone on and Hosea looked up to all of them. He was an outstanding amateur who always went about his work really well but he kept mithering me to turn pro.”

A former ABA champion, Burton now goes on to his second professional fight at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on April 14th as part of the undercard to Tony Bellew vs Danny McIntosh, and Gallagher is in no way concerned about his charge fighting in front of the Sky television cameras.

“Scotty Cardle (also on the Liverpool bill) once told me that pressure is for tyres. Hosea will relish it,” said the 43-year old when asked if the baby of his gym might be fazed by it all.

“I tell my fighters not to go and chase the dollar and be on TV. And that’s partly why we went with Dave Coldwell. He puts on these great small hall shows that might not be on telly but they are television worthy.

“Burtons’ a little Tommy Hearns and at the moment we’re taking baby steps with him. By the end of the year I’d expect him to be 6-0 or 7-0 and then in two years time 12-0 or 13-0. By then he’ll be fully developed and fighting for titles.”

I did ask Gallagher however that the more “The Hammer” keeps knocking his opponents out with such devastation, the more the public will clamour to see him in events equally as big as ‘The Big Bang’ next month in Liverpool.

“Of course they’ll want to see more of him, that’s only natural. But first I want to see him come through a fight after withstanding punishment.”

Hosea Burton’s second professional contest is part of a terrific night’s boxing headlined by the British light heavyweight title clash between Tony Bellew and Danny McIntosh.

The card also features 50-50 fights involving Matty Clarkson against Jeff Evans and John Watson against Jason Cook. As well as that we also have the return of hard hitting welterweight Mark Thompson.

David Coldwell in association with Eddie Hearn present ‘The Big Bang’ which is live and exclusive on Sky Sports HD on Saturday, 14th April.

Tickets are priced at £30, £40, £60, £80, VIP tickets £150 and all available from;

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