Lewis Ritson will face Francesco Patera for the Vacant EBU European Lightweight title at Metro Radio Arena Newcastle on October 13, live on Sky Sports. (photos by Mark Robinson).
‘The Sandman’ won the British Lightweight title outright by defeating the previously unbeaten challenger Paul Hyland Jr at the Metro Radio Arena in June and is predicting another destructive performance against Patera in October.
Patera is no stranger to fighting on these shores, having lost a close decision to Birkenhead hardman Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd for the WBC International title in 2016. He went on to beat Finland’s Edis Tatli to win the European title in May 2017 before losing out in a rematch later that year.
Ritson gets his shot at European honours after Tatli decided to vacate his belt.
Ritson vs. Patera tops a huge night of action in Newcastle as rising Light-Heavyweight star Joshua Buatsi makes the first defence of his WBA International belt that he won at The O2 in July, Liverpool’s Robbie Davies Jnr faces Sunderland’s Glenn Foot for the British and Commonwealth Super-Lightweight titles, Heavyweight fan favourite David Allen returns after his ‘life-changing’ win over Nick Webb and Cruiserweights Simon Vallily and Craig Glover meet over ten rounds.
There's action elsewhere on the card from IBF European Super-Bantamweight Champion Thomas Patrick Ward, Newcastle Cruiserweight Lawrence Osueke and Benwell Super-Welterweight Joseph Laws.