Francesco Patera Shocks Lewis Ritson, Wins EBU Belt

Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle - For the vacant EBU lightweight title, Francesco Patera (20-3, 7 KOs) shocks previously undefeated Lewis Ritson (17-1, 11 KOs) with a twelve round split decision win.

The scores were 116-112 for Ritson, 116-112 for Patera and 116-112 for Patera.

The loss was a big setback for Riston - who was already being pushed by his promoter, Eddie Hearn, as a future superstar in the sport.


For his part, Patera reclaims the EBU title after losing the belt to Edis Tatli in their rematch in December of last year. Patera won their first meeting back in May of the same year.

Ritson started the contest by pushing forward from the early going, with his high activity, aggressive nature - forcing Patera to fight on the inside. In the second, he often backed Patera to the ropes and continued to hammer the body.

The pace of the fight continued in the same manner, with a test of wills between two game fighters. Patera was getting in his own good shots along the way and testing the resolve of Ritson as they often traded hard punches at close range. Patera fought back hard and was taking several close rounds.

Ritson was badly hurt to the body in the fifth and appeared to slow down in the second half.

Also on the card, Joshua Buatsi (8-0, 6 KOs) retained the WBA International light heavyweight title with a first round knockout of Tony Averlant.

The win was very impressive - considering Averlant went seven rounds in his last bout in February, when he was stopped by Anthony Yarde.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Belarus on 10-17-2018

[QUOTE=W1LL;19192614]Last night the commentators came off sounding like a pair of idiots. I'm shocked at Paul Smith, being an ex-Pro himself. For 4 or 5 rounds he wouldn't shut up about how great Ritson was at cutting the ring off…

Comment by Chrismart on 10-15-2018

It was a lively card I thought. Buatsi did his thing. Burton next sounds good. I enjoyed seeing Glover do well. Davies/Foot was scrappy but I enjoyed it. Foot was always going to go hard from the start, so Davis…

Comment by kavi521 on 10-14-2018

Good fight last night and felt Patera done enough to win. Ritson will learn and come back. I hope Patera get a title shot and that what he wanted.

Comment by W1LL on 10-14-2018

[QUOTE=TheCleaner;19192443]I was there last night and I can't understand why no-one told ritson to cut the ring off to stop his moving to the left all night, they did lap after lap of the ring with lewis following constantly, it…

Comment by Armchairhero on 10-14-2018

[QUOTE=TheCleaner;19192443]I was there last night and I can't understand why no-one told ritson to cut the ring off to stop his moving to the left all night, they did lap after lap of the ring with lewis following constantly, it…

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