Lewis Ritson kept his world lightweight title hopes alive with a near-perfect performance against Dejan Zlaticanin in Newcastle.
The 29-year-old has now stated that he wants more “big names” after handling the former lightweight champion with ease.
Ritson won by unanimous decision in 10 rounds at the Probellum Throwdown at Utilita Arena and he just wants a big battle in front of his hometown fans from here on out.
Ohara Davies swore to be on a reconnaissance mission but changed her plans and did not travel to Newcastle to challenge Ritson in person, after the pair conferred in various interviews.
Newcastle United fans have raised questions about a fight with Davies, in the build-up, but a clash with the quiet Londoner could be the card for this summer as both climb 140lbs.
“I’m ready and willing to take on whatever Probellum, Richard Schaefer and Phil Jeffries have to offer for my next fight,” Ritson said.
“But one thing is for sure, I just want the big names and the big battles for these fans in Newcastle. I want to thank them again tonight for their incredible support.”
Ritson headed a stacked Probellum card in Newcastle, while also watching Pat McCormack mark his professional debut with a brutal knockout victory.
Troy Williamson continued to hold his British super heavyweight title in a classic bout against Mason Cartwright while Mark Dickinson enhanced his reputation as a top prospect with a six-round win.
In the final game of the evening, which came after Ritson’s win, Adam Cope overcame Ezequiel Gregores in a fourth round.
PROBELLUM THROWDOWN LIVE – PAT MCCORMACK WIN ON WOMEN LIKE TROY WILLIAMSON KEEPS BELOW IN THE CLASSIC
NEWCASTLE, March 25 – Pat McCormack declares himself a pro with a treacherous first-round knockout win on his debut
Olympic silver medalist dropped a left hook into the body of Justin Menzie with just over 90 seconds left of the opening round at the Probellum Throwdown in Newcastle.
Menzie was in great pain after his professional header and was unable to beat the referee.
McCormack’s huge support at the Utilita arena went wild and chanted ‘There’s only one Pat McCormack’ as they celebrated his flawless introduction into the paid ranks.
“I’m so happy, it was a good performance in front of all these amazing fans,” McCormack said.
“Having conceded my first goal on my debut, I couldn’t be happier.”
Earlier tonight, Troy Williamson dragged himself out of the ring to beat Mason Cartwright and retain his British superlative title in a matchup against the candidate of the year.
Williamson was put on the board in the second round by the challenger and had great difficulty in the early stages but the 30-year-old managed to score 116-111, 117-112 and 114-113 on the judges’ scorecards. . .
The Darlington man won the belt in a classic match against Ted Cheeseman last year and delivered more drama in front of a frenzied crowd at Utilita Arena.
“What a war, what a war!” Sam Jones, Head of Talent Relations at Probellum said.
“Huge credit to Mason. I thought some of the scorecards were too broad, I had it a round for Troy, but what a fight.”
“This is my first round of 12 and we just had a great fight – maybe we can do it again?” Cartwright said.
Mark Dickinson had a precious six innings against tough Hungarian Peter Kramer, winning 60-54 on the scoreboard, and said: “He’s a tough guy with a winning record so it’s good to get the innings. fight.
“This is the kind of fight I want, and you don’t see a lot of fighters my age, in their third fight, against guys with a winning record.
“I want to give a big thank you to the Northeast fans, they are the best fans in the country.”
Dickinson, McCormack’s gym buddy, is currently 3-0.
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