Lewis Ritson

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Lewis Ritson
Statistics
Real nameLewis David Ritson
Nickname(s)Sandman
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)[1]
Reach70 in (178 cm)
NationalityBritish
Born (1993-09-22) 22 September 1993 (age 26)[1]
Forest Hall,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
England
StanceOrthodox[1]
Boxing record
Total fights21
Wins20
Wins by KO12
Losses1

Lewis David Ritson (born 22 September 1993) is a British professional boxer. He held the British lightweight title from 2017 to 2018 and challenged once for the European lightweight title in 2018.

Amateur career[edit]

Ritson first started boxing at the age of eight.[2] He was an England international at amateur level and a dual title winner of the TTW belts at 67kgs and 71kgs respectively.[3] Ritson had 97 amateur fights in total and was also an ABA Seniors finalist.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Ritson made his professional boxing debut in April 2015 with a points win over Kristian Laight at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.[1] He went on to box a further six times throughout the remainder of the year, winning all six; two by knockout.[1] Ritson won all five of his fights in 2016,[1] culminating in him securing the BBBofC Northern Area lightweight title with a seventh round knockout win over Jordan Ellison on 3 December 2016.[1] As a result of his early performances as a professional, Ritson received interest from promoters Eddie Hearn, Barry McGuigan and Frank Warren.[4]

British lightweight champion[edit]

Having spent the first two years of his professional boxing career competing largely on small hall shows, Ritson fought live on Sky Sports for the first time on the undercard for Anthony CrollaRicky Burns at the Manchester Arena on 7 October 2017.[5] He defeated Robbie Barrett by way of TKO in the seventh round having dropped Barrett on four separate occasions, in doing so winning the British lightweight title.[5][6] Just three days after the fight, on 10 October 2017, he signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing, with Ritson highlighting his next goal to successfully defend the title three times and consequently win the Lonsdale Belt outright.[5]

Ritson's first defence of his British title was pencilled in when he answered Joe Murray's challenge,[7] with the pair headlining the Sky Sports NXTGEN bill in Manchester on 25 February 2018.[8][9] Ritson won the bout courtesy of a "whirlwind stoppage victory" in the first round and afterwards discussed the possibility of fighting former British lightweight champion Scott Cardle, who was watching ringside.[8] Cardle was subsequently named as Ritson's next opponent on the Dillian WhyteLucas Browne undercard at The O2 Arena on 24 March 2018.[10] Ahead of the fight, Ritson stated "I've been on small hall shows in the past and now I'm headlining on Sky Sports and heading to The O2 on a big show – it's amazing and I'm working hard to make sure that this is just the beginning".[11] Ritson successfully retained his British lightweight title with a second round stoppage victory over Cardle.[12][13]

He was then matched to defend his British lightweight title against unbeaten Northern Irish boxer Paul Hyland Jnr, co-headlining the Sky Sports event at the Metro Radio Arena in his home city of Newcastle on 16 June 2018.[14][15] Ritson won the fight courtesy of a first round stoppage having knocked Hyland Jnr down three times in the opening round.[16] The win meant that he secured the British lightweight belt outright.[16] Four days after the fight, Ritson signed a new five-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing.[17]

"Lewis Ritson has fast become one of the most popular and exciting fighters in British boxing and now he gets an opportunity to challenge for a European title. He has cleared up domestically and this is the next step."

Promotor Eddie Hearn on Ritson's challenge for the vacant European lightweight title.[18]

European lightweight challenge[edit]

Matchroom Boxing announced that Ritson would headline a card at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle in October 2018, where he would challenge for the European lightweight title.[18][19] His opponent was revealed as former titleholder Francesco Patera on 28 August 2018, with the two competing for the vacant title.[18] Before challenging for the European title, Ritson would first appear on the Amir Khan undercard at the Arena Birmingham on 8 September 2018, in an eight-round "warm-up fight" that was made in the hope Ritson would get some rounds under his belt having fought for a total of four rounds over the course of the previous year.[20] Ritson knocked out Nicaraguan boxer Oscar Amador following a body shot at the beginning of round three of the bout.[21]

Ritson lost to Patera by split decision on 13 October 2018.[22] Two judges scored the fight 116–112, 116–112 for Patera, and the remaining judge scored it 116–112 in Ritson's favour.[22] Following the defeat, Ritson stated a body shot in the fifth round hurt him and that he did not fully recover for the remainder of the fight.[22][23]

Move to light welterweight[edit]

Ritson was initially meant to defend his British lightweight title against Andy Townend at the Copper Box Arena in London on 23 March 2019.[24] It was then stated that Ritson would be vacating his British lightweight title and moving up a weight division to light welterweight, fighting Argentina's German Argentino Benitez for the WBA Inter-Continental super-lightweight title.[25] On his move up to light welterweight, Ritson stated "now is the right time to move up to 140lbs. I probably should have moved up in weight a while ago but I was determined to test myself on the European scene which is why I carried on."[26] Ritson defeated Benitez by unanimous decision over ten rounds.[27]

Ritson defended his WBA Inter-Continental light welterweight title against Polish challenger Marek Jedrzejewski on 2 August 2019. The referee called a stop to the one-sided bout at 2:50 of the 3rd round. This win set up a fight with Robbie Davies Jr. on 19 October.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Ritson is a Newcastle United supporter and wears the club's black and white stripes on his customary shorts.[29] He walks to the ring to Geordie folk song Blaydon Races.[29]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
21 fights 20 wins 1 loss
By knockout 12 0
By decision 8 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
21 Win 20–1 United Kingdom Robbie Davies Jr. UD 12 19 Oct 2019 United Kingdom Utilita Arena, Newcastle, England
20 Win 19–1 Poland Marek Jedrzejewski TKO 3 (10), 2:50 2 Aug 2019 United Kingdom Exhibition Centre, Liverpool, England Retained WBA Inter-Continental super-lightweight title
19 Win 18–1 Argentina German Argentino Benitez UD 10 23 Mar 2019 United Kingdom Copper Box Arena, London, England Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental super-lightweight title
18 Loss 17–1 Belgium Francesco Patera SD 12 13 Oct 2018 United Kingdom Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England For vacant European lightweight title
17 Win 17–0 Nicaragua Oscar Amador KO 3 (8), 0:36 8 Sep 2018 United Kingdom Arena Birmingham, Birmingham, England
16 Win 16–0 United Kingdom Paul Hyland Jnr TKO 1 (12), 2:53 16 Jun 2018 United Kingdom Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England Retained British lightweight title
15 Win 15–0 United Kingdom Scott Cardle TKO 2 (12), 2:05 24 Mar 2018 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Retained British lightweight title
14 Win 14–0 United Kingdom Joe Murray TKO 1 (12), 1:55 25 Feb 2018 United Kingdom Victoria Warehouse Hotel, Manchester, England Retained British lightweight title
13 Win 13–0 United Kingdom Robbie Barrett TKO 7 (12), 2:27 7 Oct 2017 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England Won British lightweight title
12 Win 12–0 United Kingdom Jordan Ellison KO 7 (10), 1:35 3 Dec 2016 United Kingdom Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring, England Won vacant Northern Area lightweight title
11 Win 11–0 United Kingdom James Gorman RTD 4 (6), 3:00 8 Oct 2016 United Kingdom Ashington Leisure Centre, Ashington, England
10 Win 10–0 United Kingdom Nathan Hardy TKO 2 (6), 3:00 10 Jul 2016 United Kingdom Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England
9 Win 9–0 Hungary Bence Molnar UD 10 26 Mar 2016 United Kingdom Bellahouston Leisure Centre, Glasgow, Scotland Won vacant WBC Youth Silver lightweight title
8 Win 8–0 Czech Republic Daniel Bazo RTD 3 (6), 3:00 30 Jan 2016 United Kingdom Marriott Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland
7 Win 7–0 Russia Mikhail Avakian TKO 4 (10), 2:14 27 Nov 2015 United Kingdom Bellahouston Leisure Centre, Glasgow, Scotland
6 Win 6–0 Syria Youssef al-Hamidi PTS 4 20 Nov 2015 United Kingdom Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring, England
5 Win 5–0 United Kingdom Jordan Ellison PTS 6 19 Sep 2015 United Kingdom Lancastrian Suite, Gateshead, England
4 Win 4–0 Lithuania Simas Volosinas PTS 4 5 Jul 2015 United Kingdom Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England
3 Win 3–0 United Kingdom Chris Adaway KO 1 (6) 4 Jun 2015 United Kingdom Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland
2 Win 2–0 Latvia Janis Puksins PTS 4 8 May 2015 United Kingdom Borough Hall, Hartlepool, England
1 Win 1–0 United Kingdom Kristian Laight PTS 4 4 Apr 2015 United Kingdom Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England

References[edit]

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