Ritson vs Patera: All you need to know about Lewis Ritson’s bid for European glory

The background…

It’s been a monumental year for one of Britain’s most ruthless punchers and now, back in front of his fervent North East faithful, Ritson moves on to the next stage. Having left a destructive trail in his wake at domestic level, the aptly named ‘Geordie Golovkin’ takes on Belgium’s Patera with an immediate opportunity to wrap up European honours, live on Sky Sports, and further enhance his growing reputation.

After a stagnant period, boxing in the North East has exploded back to life, mainly thanks to ‘The Sandman’, and more than 9,000 fans are expected to roar Ritson on at a frenzied Metro Radio Arena this weekend. The future looks unquestionably bright for the knockout artist and Ritson harbours hope of one day challenging for a world title at St James’ Park, with Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer perhaps even walking him out.

Those lofty ambitions could all come quickly crashing down in an instant however and Patera, a former European champion who has never been stopped, is intent on spoiling the party.

What the fighters say…

What the experts think…

What the promoter thinks…


Ritson: 9st 8lbs 13oz
Patera: 9st 8lbs 3oz

Who else is in action…

Light-heavyweight protege Joshua Buatsi continues his meteoric rise and will take on former Anthony Yarde opponent Tony Averlant, while popular heavyweight David Allen should guarantee more entertainment against Samir Nebo on an action-packed card.

Robbie Davies Jnr and local favourite Glenn Foot will also meet in a crunch domestic clash. There’s been a fair bit of needle between the pair in the build-up so expect a fiery encounter as they battle for British and Commonwealth super-lightweight titles.

The time draws near…

Watch Lewis Ritson’s European title fight against Francesco Patera in Newcastle, with Joshua Buatsi and David Allen also on the bill at the Metro Radio Arena, Saturday, from 7pm on Sky Sports Action.


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