Lewis Ritson Takes Out Hyland Jr. In One, Wins British Outright

By Elliot Foster

Lewis Ritson won the British lightweight title outright in sensational style.

The 24-year-old took just eight months to win the crown he snatched away from Robbie Barrett last year.

Ritson stopped Barrett in Manchester last October and now has it for keeps after three incredible inside-the-distance victories.


‘The Sandman’ secured defences against Joe Murray and Scott Cardle, in a combined three rounds earlier this year – in February and March – and he looked superb at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle against his mandatory challenger Paul Hyland Jr.

The Belfast challenger came out and fought fire with fire in the early stages of the opener, but that proved to be his downfall as he was dropped three times.

"Every belt I win, that will go on my Dad's mantelpiece, not mine,” said Ritson in the aftermath as he handed the title to his father. "He has trained me since I was eight years old.”

"With support like this, Eddie Hearn cannot go anywhere else," he continued after unleashing shots which floored his foe three times during the fight, which was called off with less than 10 seconds to go in the opener by Fleetwood’s Steve Gray.

Hearn echoed the sentiments of Ritson while thanking the fans who came out to support their man. He also said that it is time for him to move into European class – a belt that is currently held by Edis Tatli – and that the home of Newcastle United FC, St James’ Park, is the ultimate goal for the Tyne and Wear man, with a world title the main aim.

Ritson has a holiday planned in the next few weeks with his girlfriend but the hope is that he can be back in action again, for a fourth time this year, before the end of 2018.

Meanwhile, Glenn Foot stayed busy with a points win over Sam Omidi.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Marvlus Marv on 06-17-2018

[QUOTE=Corelone;18867302]He needs some A class sparring, he can't learn what he doesn't see. Put him in with slicksters to show him a trick or two. It's like dancing, get him good partners and he will improve. Just don't get him…

Comment by Marvlus Marv on 06-17-2018

[QUOTE=TheBigLug;18867081]He was a good amateur and very well known locally. Beat Josh Kelly in the amateurs too. He had always been talked about but never got the breaks until now. He might possibly have more to his game than he's…

Comment by Armchairhero on 06-17-2018

I’d say it was majority Newcastle crowd, no Mackem is going to chant “toon army”, would have been different if it was held in Sunderland. That being said, Ritson has a crowd pleasing style, he had the place jumping.

Comment by Mick Higgs on 06-17-2018

So what's next then? A trip to the states, Commonwealth titlist Tommy Coyle. This guys options are endless.

Comment by Corelone on 06-16-2018

[QUOTE=Marvlus Marv;18867055]He's good to watch but he's surely limited with that style of his - high guard, no head/upperbody movement, quite flat footed. In his favour he is obviously strong with a decent whack on him. Honestly can't see him…

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