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Ritson & Fitzgerald Take the Wins In an Electric Newcastle Night


By: Ste Rowen

In a night highlighted by domestic rivalries being fought, Lewis Ritson and Scott Fitzgerald came out on top in their lightweight and junior-middleweight bouts respectively. Ritson scored a unanimous victory over Robbie Davies Jr, whilst Fitzgerald kept his unbeaten run going also with a unanimous decision win over Ted Cheeseman.

It’s not often the phrase ‘You maggot’ ignites a rivalry but tonight’s main event in Newcastle, England between lightweights Lewis Ritson and Robbie Davies Jr, not solely, but in part was born out of Davies Jr calling out Ritson in his own unique way. Davies, 19-1 (13KOs) heading into tonight, looked confident as he was booed into the ring in Newcastle, knowing that the crowd was going to be on his back from, not just the first bell, but his very first steps into the Newcastle Arena.


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‘The Sandman’ Ritson, a Newcastle native, was drenched in atmosphere with a smile painted on his face as he made his ring-walk. But the home-fighter was on the back foot at the ring of the first bell, with Davies Jr getting in the harsher shots but Lewis began to impose himself from around the second and third rounds onwards.

Liverpudlian, Robbie found a second wind in the middle rounds as Ritson began to lay off on the intense pressure he’d set but waned again as the rounds ticked on. Bloodied and bruised both men took the fight to the other in the final round. Lewis boxed well at the beginning of the round but the final stretch turned into a mixture of tit for tat power punches, with a bit of cuddling to add to it as both men made sure they heard the final bell.

The judge’s scorecards returned as, 117-112, 116-112 (x2) all for Lewis ‘The Sandman’ Ritson, who improves to 19-1 (12KOs) and puts himself in line for a world title shot next.

‘‘I said this was my coming out party and I was absolutely right.

I tried to fight him for the first six rounds, I knew I couldn’t do it for the full twelve…It takes two to tango and Robbie deserves praise.’’

In the middle of Davies Jr’s interview Lewis called for the crowd to stop booing in a show of respect to a man he’d clearly settled his bad blood with.

In the highly anticipated co-feature, British junior middleweights Scott Fitzgerald and Lonsdale belt holder, Ted Cheeseman fought a twelve round, all-action bout that saw Fitzgerald rip the belt from the now former holder, via a decision.

Cheeseman, 15-1-1 (9KOs) took the role of the boxer early on whilst Fitzgerald seemed to be searching for the finisher, whether that be the one shot or a swift combination of punches. British champion Cheeseman, defending his belt for the second time held his ground well off the back foot throughout most of the bout, whilst Scott seemed the keener of the two to take the fight to Cheeseman and demonstrate the excitement and power he brought to his previous domestic rivalry victory over Anthony Fowler earlier this year.

Fitzgerald rained down a floury of heavy shots in the 11th to drop ‘The Big Cheese’, firing off a crucial left hand to leave Cheeseman tumbling into the ropes. In the 12th, Scott went hell for leather as Ted continued to attempt to box off the back foot and it seemed to work as he made it to the final bell despite the ferocity of Fitzgerald’s pace.

But it wasn’t to be for ‘The Big Cheese’ as the final scorecards came back, slightly controversially it seemed to some, as, 116-113 (x2), 115-113 all to the unbeaten man, Scott Fitzgerald, leaving Cheeseman to jump out of the ring in disgust.

‘‘It wasn’t anything like how I wanted it but we’ve got it’’ Fitzy, now 14-0 (9KOs), said post-fight. ‘‘Next time you’ll see a better version.

I definitely won the last three/four rounds, but I definitely fell behind. It was a close fight…I’d like to be out again before the end of the year, let’s get the Brian Rose fight.’’

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DAZN Boxing Results: Ritson Loses in Front of Home Crowd, Patera New European Champ


By: Michael Kane

The Newcastle fans were left stunned in the Metro Arena as local favourite and the bookmakers odds on favourite, Lewis Ritson (17-1, 11KO’s) lost to Francesco Patera (20-3, 7KO’s) by split decision for the vacant EBU Lightweight title.

The general consensus was that Patera had done enough to win however the first scorecard gave the fight to Ritson 116-112, the other two judges had it 116-112 for Patera.


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Ritson, who was until last night undefeated, started well, winning the first 3 rounds, working his jab well and pushing forward controlling the fight.

Patera, the former European champion, started to come back into it in the 4th round, which could have ended in a draw. The 5th round started with Patera throwing some leather and landed a good body shot that seemed to hurt Ritson, this was the deciding punch as Ritson appeared to slow down somewhat.

As the rounds went on it was Patera who was landing the better combinations, showing a good degree of variety throughout the later rounds and had Ritson in some trouble in the 10th.

All in all a good fight with Patera a worthy winner on the night, Ritson had started as 66-1 on favourite, which shows how much people valued the former European champ Patera, however Patera put on a skillful show with some lovely boxing to make a mockery of the betting odds.

Also on the card was the vacant British and Commonwealth Lightweight belts in a contest between Commonwealth champion, Sunderland’s Glen Foot (23-3) and Liverpool’s Robbie Davies Jr (16-1).

This fight started with several close rounds, with both fighters getting tangled up a fair bit. As the fight went on Davies Jr was able to utilise the better boxing skills and range to start to pull away in the contest. The bout went the distance, with Robbie Davies Jr the new British and Commonwealth Champion winning 119-109, 118-110, 117-112.

The undercard had several first round knock outs with Joshua Buatsi (7-0) looking impressive retaining the WBA International Light Heavyweight title with a KO of Tony Averlant (26-10-2) in the first round.

Scotsman John Docherty, made his debut and won within 10 seconds of the fight starting beating Jordan Latimer, who appeared to ask his corner to throw the towel in.

Results:

Vacant EBU European Lightweight Title
Franceso Patera v Lewis Ritson – Petera wins Split Decision 112-116, 116-112, 116-112.

Vacant BBBofC British Super Lightweight Title

Commonwealth Super Lightweight Title
Glenn Foot v Robbie Davies Jr – Davies Jr wins UD 119-109, 118-110, 117-112.

WBA International Light Heavyweight Title
Joshua Buatsi v Tony Averlant – Buatsi wins by KO RD1.

David Allen v Samir Nebo – Allen wins by KO RD1.

Simon Vallily v Craig Glover – Glover wins by TKO RD8.

Anthony Fowler v Gabor Gorbics – Fowler wins by TKO RD5.

Thomas Patrick Ward v Tom Tran – Ward wins by TKO RD1.

Lawrence Osueke v Charles Adamu – Osueke wins by decision.

Hosea Burton v Saidou Sall – Burton wins by TKO RD1.

Joe Laws v Chris Truman – Laws wins by TKO RD4.

John Docherty v Jordan Latimer – Docherty wins by TKO RD1.

Darren Reay v Samuil Dimitrov – Reay wins by TKO RD1.

Chad Ellis v Angel Emilov – Ellis wins by decision.

Terry Wilkinson v Chris Adaway – Wilkinson wins by decision.

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DAZN Boxing Preview: Lewis Ritson v Francesco Patera


By: Michael Kane

Lewis Ritson takes on Francesco Patera this Saturday for the vacant European (EBU) Lightweight title. In what is sure to be a partisan home crowd for Ritson with the bout taking place at the Metro arena in Newcastle.

Nicknamed the ‘Geordie Golovkin’ due to his power, Ritson will be hoping to showcase some of this power against the Belgian, Patera (19-3). However it may not be as straight forward as the Newcastle public expect, with Patera having held the European title last year, losing to Ebis Tatli, who has since vacated.


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The 25 year old Ritson is in fine form, having secured the Lonsdale belt, given to a boxer after 3 successful defences, in the fastest time in history. Ritson won the British title against Robbie Barret last October and took a total of four rounds to gain the Lonsdale belt, dispatching Joe Murray, Scott Cardle and Paul Hyland Jr.

“I feel fine, it won’t be until Saturday night when the crowd goes mad that the butterflies may start going.” Ritson told Sky Sports News.

“(I’m) very confident, we’re going to put on another good performance on Saturday in front of the Newcastle fans and we think we can be the first person to get Patera out of there.”

Patera believes he can become the first person to beat Ritson, Ritson replied, “ Well we’ll see about that won’t we? We’ve heard that a few times now but I cannot see anything in his game that is going to trouble us.

“I think it’s going to be a long night and we’ll get him out late. I don’t think it will go early as it has with other lads, I think we are going to get him out, but it will be late.

“It’s another step on the ladder. If I want to get to where I want to be then I need to deal with people like Patera and get him out of there. So it’s a good step for us and we’re ready.

“The Geordies have got right behind us and they’re going mad at the minute, so it’s good, and hopefully we can do a good performance Saturday and have that European title.”

Glen Foot defends his Commonwealth Super Lightweight title against Robbie Davies Jr, with the vacant British title on the line as well, in what could be a great fight.

Foot, from nearby Sunderland, put on a great performance to win the Commonwealth title in Glasgow in March against Jason Easton. Davies Jr, from Liverpool, is the current WBA Continental super lightweight champion, regaining the belt in a rematch to Michal Syrowatka in March.

Full card details:

Vacant EBU European Lightweight Title

Lewis Ritson (17-0) v Francesco Patera (19-3)

Vacant British Super Lightweight title

Commonwealth Super Lightweight title

Glen Foot (23-3) v Robbie Davies Jr (16-1)

WBA International Light Heavyweight Title

Joshua Buatsi (7-0) v Tony Averlant (26-10-2)

David Allen (14-4-2) v Samir Nebo (10-2-1)

Simon Vallily (13-1-1) v Craig Glover (8-1)

Anthony Fowler (7-0) v Gabor Gorbics (26-12)

Thomas Patrick Ward (24-0) v Tom Tran (6-1)

Lawrence Osueke (5-0) v Charles Adamu (32-10)

Hosea Burton (21-1) v TBA

Joe Laws (2-0) v Chris Adaway (8-43-4)

John Docherty (debut) v Alejandro Mostazo (3-5)

Darren Reay (3-0-1) v Michael Mooney (8-53-2)

Chad Ellis (4-0) v TBA

Terry Wilkinson (2-0) v Chris Truman (13-10-2)

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