June thirteenth, 2021
Newcastle fighter Lewis Ritson was as soon as once more uncovered after taking a troublesome beating by the hands of a much better Jeremias Ponce.
However it was referee Steve Grey who stole the headlines for throwing the towel out of the ring when Ritson ought to have been stopped in there.
Grey’s actions have been extremely questionable as Ritson was out of his depth and will by no means have taken any extra punches than he needed to.
12 x 3 minutes IBF Tremendous-Light-weight World Title Closing Eliminator
LEWIS RITSON v JEREMIAS PONCE WTKO10 (1:24)
(Forest Corridor, England) (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Lewis Ritson’s World Title hopes have been wrecked by a punishing Tenth-round stoppage loss to Jeremias Ponce on the Vertu Motors Enviornment, Newcastle, stay on Sky Sports activities within the UK and on DAZN within the US and greater than 200 nations and territories.
Ritson was floored on three events by the relentless Argentine, who turned the IBF Necessary Challenger for Scotland’s Undisputed World Tremendous-Light-weight Champion Josh Taylor.
“Thanks very a lot for wishing me nicely after my battle,” Ponce advised Chris Lloyd. “It was a really powerful battle, quite a bit more durable than I anticipated it to be. I anticipated warfare with Ritson, and he’s a troublesome fighter – more durable than I anticipated.
“Sure, I did suppose it was over within the first spherical – it was an amazing physique shot that I hit him with. Another boxer would have gone down. I hit him proper on the button, and it will have damage him. He confirmed his toughness that he was capable of recuperate from that.
“It was a bit complicated after we have been within the ring as a result of I assumed the battle was over as quickly as I noticed the towel are available. Then I noticed the ref throw it out – to be sincere, it was a little bit of a shock. He’s most likely damage within the rib space now, and he wouldn’t have been if he stopped the battle after we noticed the towel are available.
“It’s one step nearer to my dream. It’s the dream that you simply at all times have as a fighter. I’m one step away from that now. Thanks very a lot. I’m sorry it didn’t end up as your anticipated however thanks very a lot.”
10 x 3 minutes Worldwide Featherweight contest
THOMAS PATRICK WARD WUD10 (97-93, 98-92, 98-92) v EDY VALENCIA MERCADO
(West Rainton, England) (Culiacan, Mexico)
Thomas Patrick Ward picked up the thirtieth win of his skilled profession, because of a classy unanimous determination victory over Edy Valencia Mercado.
Ward (30-0-1, 4 KOs) got here out on prime because of scorecards of 98-92, 98-92, and 97-93, seeing him get again within the win column following his technical draw with Thomas Essomba final October.
“I hadn’t boxed for practically a yr earlier than Essomba,” Ward advised Sky Sports activities. “It was a nasty yr, and that wasn’t me on that evening. We’re solely people and never machines, however tonight was a greater evening. It was an amazing battle for the followers, and I’m so completely satisfied to have them again. I actually loved it there.
“At Tremendous-Bantamweight, I had an amazing rating with the WBO, IBF, and WBC. This battle was at 128lbs, however I’ve been chasing Emanuel Navarrete for some time.
“He’s an amazing fighter, and I received near preventing him at Tremendous-Bantamweight and thought I might have gotten my shot. Nevertheless, we’ve got each moved up now, and I need to battle him.”
6 x 3 minutes Worldwide Heavyweight contest
ALEN BABIC WTKO3 (1:30) v DAMIAN CHAMBERS
(Zagreb, Croatia) (Dukinfield, England)
Alen Babic blasted apart Damian Chambers with an enormous left hook because the Croatian Heavyweight contender added one other knockout to his harmful report.
‘The Savage’ Babic produced a dramatic one-punch knockout of Chambers, sealing his seventh straight stoppage, as he returned to the ring following shoulder surgical procedure.
“The third time I’ve gone into the third spherical, nevertheless it’s good it’s solely one other half a minute most likely,” Babic advised Matchroom. “All kudos to Damian Chambers. I really like him. He’s a really powerful man. I’ve the ability to knock guys out who’re 130 kilos. He was like 89 and took these pictures. I assumed, ‘what is that this man product of?’. I really like Damian Chambers.
“That’s why I didn’t do any trash speak. The man took a battle on six days’ discover towards ‘The Savage .’ He noticed my knockouts. I’ve nothing however respect for the man. I’ll by no means disrespect guys like that.
“I noticed the entire area, they’re on my aspect, my coronary heart is so full, I really like Newcastle. I’m going to come back again and drink brown ale tonight. I simply really feel so blessed to be right here. I sense the synergy between Newcastle and me since day one. I’m so grateful.
“I need to contain the followers as a lot as I can in my fights. That’s why I do these sorts of issues to allow them to take part.
“Yesterday, I wrote a submit on Fb saying, I’m simply ready for a dream, that is all an enormous dream, seeing myself on huge billboards, trending on Twitter. I can’t consider it, I’m a easy and humble man, so that is all only a pure blessing to me – each day and each minute.
“This battle will get me nearer to that. Once I get Matchroom in Croatia, that’s my objective. I’d give all my cash from the tickets to the youngsters to allow them to see the actual sportsmanship. I actually need that, and this is only one step nearer to fulfilling my dream, which is to contain folks in boxing. I can’t simply maintain it to myself. That’s egocentric.
“We have been presupposed to announce that battle (Nick Webb) for Battle Camp, however in fact we gained’t try this, folks he b*tched out, he’s just a bit b*tch. I’ve no respect for him anymore. He prevented Fabio Wardley for 3 years, me for 2. It’s getting foolish – I need to transfer on to greater and higher guys.
“Okolie is a superb man, an amazing champion. He’s accomplished much more than I’ve. Don’t get me flawed. I’m by no means going to disrespect guys like that. He’s my pal. I need to battle him. After all, I do. For the title, he’s a f****ng beast. I might battle him. I’d have fought the entire Bridgerweights.
“I don’t care about belts, and I simply desire a good battle for the followers. I need to convey stadiums to life, and I need to convey power. That’s my objective. Simply give me whoever you need, don’t inform me who it’s, I don’t care.”
6 x 3 minutes Worldwide Tremendous-Welterweight contest
CYRUS PATTINSON WKO2 (1:47) v YONCHO MARKOV
(Alnwick, England) (Sofia, Bulgaria)
Cyrus Pattinson shined on his highly-anticipated skilled debut – stopping Bulgaria’s Yoncho Markov in two rounds.
The previous Crew GB expertise dropped Markov to the canvas twice earlier than referee Victor Loughlin waved off the competition.
“I used to be actually pleased with my efficiency. It was a bit cagey early on. We knew he was keen – he’s been recreation as a badger all week,” Pattinson advised Matchroom. “It was a bit unorthodox, stepping via his pictures typically, couldn’t choose the gap, however after the primary spherical, I began settling down. I advised Graham within the nook that this was solely going to go a method from there.
“I put my pictures collectively nicely. However I do know that I dug them in – head and physique. So I used to be actually pleased with the place we went within the second spherical.
“This was higher than I ever might have imagined it. The assist I received tonight was overwhelming. I didn’t notice it was going to be like that. I’ve at all times stated that the ambiance in Newcastle is second to none, so what a technique to begin your debut.
“Final yr, we have been lining up for the present, and all the pieces occurred, so it received placed on the again burner. Then, a few dates come up, they have been elsewhere, however we couldn’t get the medicals or licenses via on time. Then, when all the pieces got here collectively, Newcastle and spectators have been again – it was like somebody was searching for me.
“I need to be examined. I don’t need to be taking any backward steps. I’m taking every battle as they arrive. I’m having fun with the journey and soaking it up as a result of it’s quickly over, and you want you have been again within the second.
“Within the tunnel, when everybody was chanting, and my ring stroll kicked in, I began getting hairs up on the again of my neck. I simply keep in mind Graham telling me to be calm, calculated, and keep sharp. That received a bit cloudy first spherical, which it does, however take a bit from it – I’m completely satisfied.
“I really feel like I’m much more suited to the professionals. Sure shot alternatives are exhausting to get off within the amateurs – lots of people are flighty and don’t maintain their ft as a lot. So I’m undoubtedly extra suited to this recreation.
“I’ve been over the moon for them (Crew GB), I’ve been supporting all of them final week, and this week, I’ve been sharing all their stuff, messaging them, watching them, I’m simply actually completely satisfied – I understand how exhausting they’ve labored. Particularly the massive man Frazer Clarke, he’s waited a very long time, 11 years, I used to be actually completely satisfied for him”.
6 x 3 minutes Worldwide Heavyweight contest
SOLOMON DACRES WTKO4 (1:36) v ALVARO TERRERO
(Birmingham, England) (Cadiz, Spain)
Former Crew GB standout Solomon Dacres took Alvaro Terrero out in 4 rounds to earn his first stoppage win within the professionals and progress to 2-0.
‘The Actual Deal’ was taken the gap in his professional debut towards Mladen Manev at Manchester Enviornment final month and was eager to earn his first win inside the gap in Newcastle.
“I took my time the primary couple of rounds, I received a couple of clear pictures off, however once I stepped up within the fourth, and the ref jumped in, it was truthful as a result of I used to be beginning to land clear on him then,” Dacres advised Matchroom.
“As a Heavyweight, you need to get the knockouts. In order that’s getting my first one out the best way, and now hopefully, many extra to come back.
“Whenever you’re beginning off within the recreation, it is advisable hold your self lively and hold your face within the recreation as nicely – construct your profile and all the opposite stuff that occurs behind the battle.
“It was a mini three-week coaching camp from the final one, however yeah, at occasions, I did sit down on a couple of as a substitute of 4’s and 5’s. I used to be placing 2’s and three’s collectively and making an attempt to place a bit extra venom behind them.
“They’ve (GB Boxing) had nice success within the qualifiers, 11 boxers via, going to the video games they’ve received an amazing probability of getting an entire heap of medals on the market – they’ve received some high quality boxers within the squad that I used to be part of.
“I’ve received the platform, I’ve received Matchroom behind me and all the pieces that comes with that. I’m placing the extraordinarily exhausting graft within the fitness center, so hopefully, I hold my head down, hold progressing and get to the place we need to get to.
“Getting a Heavyweight Champion from Birmingham can be completely large. We’re an enormous metropolis, and hopefully, we are able to get an enormous following behind me and construct my profile. So construct me in Birmingham, get the reveals in Brum, and get some nice nights there.
“I say I’ll battle anyone, and so they [Solomon’s team] say okay, we’ll simply take it regular, that’s their job within the administration. So I’m simply going to be there to battle anyone, put the work in, and prepare.
“That kind of sparring [Joy Joyce] the place the fellows I’m sparring are forward of the extent of the opponents within the ring is necessary to maintain enhancing. In any other case, I wouldn’t get a style of that increased degree of boxing – that sparring is essential.
“We’ll be trying to get a British Title, one thing alongside these traces, to kick begin issues and extra to come back.”
4 x 2 minutes Worldwide Tremendous-Welterweight contest
APRIL HUNTER WPTS4 (40-37) v KLAUDIA VIGH
(Wallsend, England) (Budapest, Hungary)
April Hunter progressed to 4-0 with a cushty factors win over Hungary’s Klaudia Vigh within the first televised battle of the night.
The 26-year-old from Wallsend was bumped as much as the televised phase of the present after Ellie Scotney’s opponent Vanesa Caballero take a look at optimistic for COVID-19 – ensuing of their flight being canceled.
‘The Hunter’ was preventing in her house metropolis for the second time as knowledgeable following a hard-fought win towards Elsa Hemat in Barcelona – and despatched her followers to house pleased with a 40-37 determination.
“I’m leaving feeling completely satisfied. The assist is wonderful,” Hunter advised Matchroom. “I’m by no means going to be too completely satisfied; I’ll at all times be critiquing myself as a result of I’m a child within the recreation. 15 fights, that’s my fourth skilled battle – I’m simply studying the job. I believe I dropped the ball a bit within the first spherical. She got here swinging, I used to be simply moving into it within the fourth, and I believe if I had six rounds, I might have stopped her.
“She [Savannah Marshall] was bang on, she advised me she’d come for the primary twenty seconds, and he or she did. 1000 followers, I haven’t boxed in entrance of followers for ages. My ring stroll was electrical, and I used to be all overestimated. My expertise and all these items got here, staying calm and picked up, couldn’t actually hear my coach’s voice via his masks – it was simply considered one of them.
“Actually proud second for me, I don’t know what comes over me, I wasn’t planning on popping out and singing like that, however I simply felt it and went with it. None of that was deliberate.
“I’m sparring Savannah each Wednesday and Thursday. So I’m studying each week, she will see the enhancements, and if she will see them, all people can. So I’m studying on the job, each single time.
“The battle recreation is all about taking it from the fitness center and placing it within the ring, it was little issues in there tonight that I did flawed, most likely heaps, however there are additionally issues that we’ve labored on that I received off. I do consider if I had the six, it will be a unique story, however you reside, and also you be taught.
“Good time, girls’s boxing is booming. As you say, Savannah Marshall vs. Clarissa Shields is the largest battle in girls’s boxing. If you happen to ask me, after that battle, the alternatives are going to be limitless.”
6 x 3 minutes Welterweight contest
JOE LAWS WPTS6 (60-54) v CHRIS ADAWAY
(Benwell, England) (Plymouth, England)
‘The Benwell Bomber’ Joe Legal guidelines put the frustration of his first defeat within the professional ranks behind him by broadly outpointing Plymouth’s Chris Adaway 60-54 within the opening bout of the evening on the Vertu Enviornment, Newcastle.
Legal guidelines was despatched crashing to the canvas 3 times in a third-round knockout loss by the hands of Rylan Charlton final October – however the 26-year-old Geordie favourite was in full management as he made a profitable return in entrance of his native assist – taking each spherical on the referee’s scorecard.
“I can see he hasn’t been stopped a lot. He’s powerful,” Legal guidelines advised Matchroom. “I’m glad to be again. Knock the ring rust off. At occasions it felt good. At occasions, it felt unhealthy, however I’ve been making an attempt quite a bit since Christmas.
“I used to be 26 years of age, 9 fights, 9 wins, 5 knockouts, the perfect factor that would have occurred to me is getting knocked out. So I’m rebuilding once more, and I’m ranging from contemporary. I’m by no means going to be a world-beater, however I’ve received an enormous set of balls and a superb coronary heart. I prepare exhausting, and I do know there are good fights on the market the place I can pack arenas out and win belts.
“It felt nice. I used to be by no means going to be at my peak, I received too heavy at Christmas, however now I can construct on this. I’m beginning afresh once more, and I’m younger sufficient. I’ve received the perfect sponsors on this planet who will assist us. I’m not going to start out calling out silly names.
“I’ve received masses to be taught, I realized masses within the ring tonight, however I’m keen to place within the exhausting work via the years to get to the place I need to be.
“Hopefully, I can get 2/3 extra fights, 2/3 extra wins, step up the rounds to eight and continue to learn and enhancing.”