Mohamed Mimoune Shocks Sam Eggington For EBU Title

By Elliot Foster

Lewis Ritson produced an emphatic stoppage win against Robbie Barrett to claim the British lightweight title.

The unbeaten Newcastle fighter dominated Barrett, 25, from the first bell and after dropping the Yorkshireman on four occasions at the Manchester Arena claimed the belt after the champion's corner threw in the towel.

Barrett came into the contest hoping to make the first defence of the coveted Lonsdale belt, having shocked Scott Cardle last time out, and although the southpaw proved tough and determined, Ritson was a class above.

It was a razor-sharp start from 'Sandman', who went straight on the attack, landing crunching combinations as he forced Barrett back onto the ropes in the opener.

Things immediately went from bad to worse for the defending champion as he was heavily dropped following a punishing assault from Ritson.


Ritson’s defences were breached on a few occasions in the next few rounds, but he quickly assumed control of the contest once more.

After a fairly evenly contested fifth round, 'Sandman' again upped the tempo in the next and twice dropped the champion following ferocious shots to the body.

Ritson sensed that the finish was near and oozing in confidence, he relentlessly fired away on Barrett, repeatedly landing flush combinations in a torrid round for the Yorkshireman.

The end came in the seventh when, after Barrett was again dropped by a body shot, his trainer Stefy Bull mercifully threw in the towel.

“I'm over the moon with the victory and have always imagined being British champion,” Ritson said afterwards.

“I felt a bit sorry for Barrett because I couldn't really feel his power.

“Scott Cardle and Sean Dodd are two of the biggest names on the domestic scene so I would love to fight one of them next.”

Elsewhere, there was major disappointment for Sam Eggington as he dropped a points decision to succumb his European welterweight crown.

‘Savage’ admitted afterwards that he would have to move up to the 154-pound division following defeat at the hands of mandatory challenger Mohamed Mimoune by margins of 116-112 115-113, while one judge scored it 116-112 to Eggington.

Eggington had serious issues dealing with Mimoune's boxing ability as very tired in the late rounds. He admitted afterwards to struggling with weight and said a move to junior middleweight was necessary in order to continue his career.

Eggington, who won four in a row by knockout, drops down to 21-4, 13 KOs. And Mimoune raised his record to 19-2 with only 2 wins by knockout.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 1hourRun on 10-09-2017

Does the UK have any good welterweights? or good fighters? bwahahahaha!!!

Comment by Dramacyde on 10-09-2017

San looked like dog ****

Comment by Tom Cruise on 10-07-2017

[QUOTE=Vegemil;18120010]Damn Robbie is done. I hope he comes back okay.[/QUOTE] Got bashed up. That Ritson looks a talent Egg well beaten tonight. Feel he should move up but dont see him being a force at 154 without his size advantage.…

Comment by Golden Boi 360 on 10-07-2017

Someone said Malignaggi was going to be the peak of Eggington's career. This appears to be true.

Comment by Vegemil on 10-07-2017

Damn Robbie is done. I hope he comes back okay.

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