Ritson vs Patera: The Panel discuss which footballer would be perfect for their ring walk

The proud Geordie will be watched by the former England striker when he faces Francesco Patera for the European lightweight title at the Metro Radio Arena in his hometown on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.

Football and boxing have forged a natural partnership, with Ricky Hatton being accompanied to the ring by Wayne Rooney, while Leeds fan Josh Warrington has been led out by a number of past players.

But which footballer would you choose for a ring walk? The Panel have made their picks…

Tony Bellew

Big Duncan Ferguson. He’s my friend, and was at my wedding. I would never have thought when I was leaving school, that Duncan Ferguson was going to end up as one of my friends.

Rocky Fielding

Steven Gerrard. I’m a massive fan and I get on well with him. He’s from the same local estate as me, Huyton, and although he’s a few years older than me, we had the same friends and went to the same school. Him at Anfield would be another dream.

Johnny Nelson

Callum Johnson

Wayne Rooney I think. Rooney was my favourite player. He’s a boxing fan. I like Rooney, I’ve met him a few times as well and he is a nice kid. I would come out in a United shirt, especially if he was walking me out.

Kal Yafai

I’d have to pick Lionel Messi as he’s the GOAT (greatest of all time). More importantly though he’s the closest to my height, so won’t make me look shorter than I already am.

Derry Mathews

John Ryder

I’d have to say David Beckham, simply because he is the man. Being in a massive stadium fight, can you imagine if you had Beckham walking your belts out?

And finally, Adam Booth

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.