LEWIS RITSON stormed to a tremendous victory over Liverpool’s Robbie Davies. With his hometown supporters raising a deafening noise Ritson came through a brutal, bruising battle with Davies to claim a unanimous decision.
The Liverpudlian, more established at super-lightweight, elected to meet Ritson head on, driving himself forward in the early rounds. He leant on up close, whipping hooks in, hurtful digs. It was an unexpected approach but Ritson adapted. The Newcastle favourite might not have the same explosive power in this division as he did at lightweight but on this night his hands had real weight behind them. He clocked Robbie with solid left hooks and in the middle rounds Ritson began to tag him with jabs. They knocked into Davies’ head.
Blood smeared from the Liverpudlian’s nose but the two traded savage shots, with many of the rounds close yet furiously fought. Going into the last round both men knew they had to finish with a flourish. Davies tore into Ritson, fast punches drumming him into the ropes. But Ritson slammed in his back hand, returning fire with heavy shots of his own.