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Matchroom boxing – Robbie Davies Jnr vs Lewis Ritson

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Davies Jnr vs Lewis Ritson

Davies Jr, Eddie Hearn and Lewis Ritson

Matchroom boxing returns to the Utilita arena on Saturday the 19th of October. The featured bout of the night will see the return of hometown favourite Lewis Ritson (19-1-0 – 12 KOs) against Merseyside’s Robbie Davies Jr (19-1-0 -13 KOs).

The event, branded as bad blood, will finally see these two rivals settle their differences inside the ring. The former British and European champion, Davies Jr, called out Ritson after beating Michal Dufek (25-22-2 – 20 KOs) in his last fight.

Davies Jr’s call-out was responded to in-kind by Ritson, on the same card, after he defeated Marek Jedrzejewski (14-3-0 – 13 KOs). This led to the two super-lightweight contenders having a heated confrontation backstage.

This is set to be Ritson first fight back in Newcastle since his split decision loss to Francesco Pantera (22-3-0 – 8 KO’s) in a European title bout.

Eddie Hearn has stated that this could very well be an official eliminator for the WBA world title, with the winner going onto face the victor of Regis Prograis (24-0-0 – 12KOs) and Josh Taylor (15-0-0 – 12KOs).

Ted Cheeseman vs Scott Fitzgerald

Cheeseman vs Fitzgerald (co-main event)

The co-main event will see current British super-welterweight champion, Ted Cheeseman (15-1-1 – 9 KOs) take on Scott Fitzgerald (13-0-0 – 9 KOs).

Cheeseman managed to retain his title last time out against Kieron Conway (12-1-1 – 3KOs). A lot of people thought Cheeseman was hard done by when the result was announced as a draw, which is likely why a new challenger has been chosen.

The new challenger, Fitzgerald, shocked most boxing fans winning his last outing via split decision, against Anthony Fowler (10-1-0 – 8 KOs). Fowler was favoured to win the fight by most fans, although Fitzgerald’s impressive performance earned him a close split decision victory and a British title shot.

The return of the Benwell Bomber

Joe Laws TKO win against X during Ritson vs Pantera

One of Tyneside’s favourite sons, Joe Laws (7-0-0 – 4 KOs), will return to the ring just 18 days after his last bout, in which he picked up another TKO win against Danny Little (8-62-2 – 1 KO).

Laws, who featured on the Ritson vs Pantera card at the same venue defeating Chris Truman (13-11-2 – 2KOs) via TKO, will return to the Utilita arena against another opponent with a winning record, Justice Addy (16-5-1 – 14 KOs).

Laws will be hoping for an impressive win in order to try and set up a fight with either Connor Benn (15-0-0 – 10 KO’s) or Devin Haney (23-0-0 – 15 KOs). Laws has been vocal for a while now about wanting to face Benn and has recently got into a war of words with Haney.

The war of words with Haney started over a sparring session the two had in Vegas. Haney Claims Laws is lying about winning the sparring match. Whereas, Laws claims he turned up hungover and still ‘panned Haney’s head in’.

Laws said he struggled in the first two rounds but dominated the third and fourth. Laws also claims that after the fourth round Haney’s dad pulled him out of the sparring session two rounds early. Amateur boxer Jordan Reynolds, who was a witness to the sparring session, has backed Laws’ side of the story.

Laws stated in an interview with Boxing social that he would “meet Haney at 140 pounds” and would “pan Haney’s head in live on Sky “.

Other standout fights

Another local geordie Lawrence Osueke (9-0-0 – 1 KO) will take on his biggest challenge yet against Ricky Summers (16-2-0 – 5 KOs) in what Eddie Hearn described as ‘an eliminator for the British light-heavyweight title’.

Inter-continental super middleweight champion, Savannah Marshall (7-0-0 – 5 KOs) will face Ashelgih Curry (8-12-4 – 1 KO).

April Hunter will make her professional debut, in front of her home crowd, against Borislava Goranova (11-58-4 – o KOs).

Kieron Conway will return to action, after his draw against current Super-welterweight champion Ted Cheeseman, when he faces Konrad Stempkowski (9-1-0 – 0 KOs).

The rest of the card

  • Thomas Whittaker-Hart vs Darryl Sharp
  • Terry Wilkinson vs Daryl Pearce
  • John Docherty vs Ryan Aston
  • Martin Bakole vs Kevin Johson
  • Darren Reay vs Eduardo Valverde

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