BUATSI FACES PERIBAN AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

British Olympic star faces tough Mexican on June 1
Joshua Buatsi will fight in America for the first time as a professional when he defends his WBA International Light-Heavyweight title against Marco Antonio Periban at Madison Square Garden on Saturday June 1, live on DAZN in the US and Sky Sports Box Office in the UK. 
 
Buatsi (10-0, 8 KOs) stopped Liam Conroy in three rounds to claim the vacant British 175lbs title last time out at London’s Copper Box Arena, dropping the former English champion twice in the third round to force another impressive early stoppage. 
 
The 2016 Olympic bronze medallist landed his WBA crown with brutal first round KO of Andrejs Pokumeiko in July last year before defending the title twice against Tony Averlant and Renold Quinlan – both fights ending in explosive first round knockouts. 
 
Next up for the fast-rising Croydon star is Mexico’s Marco Antonio Periban (25-4-1, 16 KOs), a former opponent of former two-weight World Champion Badou Jack, IBF Super-Middleweight king James DeGale and World title challenger Avni Yildrim.  

“I’m excited to be in the United states for the first time,” said Buatsi. “There is so much history here with this venue, the greats have fought here and to be able to say I’ve boxed at Maddison Square Garden this early in my career is an honour. I’ve had a great camp in Miami and I can’t wait to get started and put on a fantastic performance for all the fans.”

“As Britain takes over the Mecca of boxing next week in NY, it’s only right that one of our biggest rising stars gets the chance to shine,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Joshua Buatsi has been sensational since turning professional and next week gets the chance to make his US debut on the biggest stage of all. We expect a tough challenge from Periban who will have big support at the arena from the Mexican fans hoping Andy Ruiz can make history for his country. Periban has mixed in great company and this is the perfect test for Josh as he closes in at shot at the World title. Next week is going to be special in so many ways, I can’t wait!”
 
Buatsi and Periban clash on a huge night of action at MSG where Anthony Johua’s World title defence against Andy Ruiz Jr. is supported by Irish sensation Katie Taylor clashing with Delfine Persoon for the undisputed Women’s World Lightweight championship, Callum Smith defending his WBA World ‘Super’, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Super-Middleweight titles against Hassan N’Dam, Josh Kelly making his US debut as he defends his WBA International Welterweight title against Philadelphia’s Ray Robinson and Chris Algieri defending his WBO International title against Britain’s Tommy Coyle in a crunch Super-Lightweight showdown – with more exciting undercard additions announced this week.  

Tickets for the huge night of World title action in New York are on sale now via Madison Square Garden and StubHub (www.stubhub.com)
 
Tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.MSG.com.
 
Official Ticket and Travel Packages, including the opportunity to travel on the Official Charter Plane, are available to purchase via Sportsworld (www.sportsworld.co.uk) Prices start at £1,095. Reserve your seat today.
 
Tickets are priced, $106, $156, $206, $306, $406, $506, $756, $1,006, $1,256 and $2,506 plus applicable booking fees.
 
Wheelchair seats, companion seats, aisle seats and Assistive Listening Devices are available to purchase by calling 212-465-6034.
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JOSHUA BUATSI JOINS ‘POWERDAY’ IN THEIR FIGHT TO CHANGE YOUNG LONDONERS LIVES FOR THE BETTER

Joshua Buatsi v Liam Conroy, British Light Heavyweight Title, Copper Box Arena, London. 23rd March 2019 Picture By Dave Thompson.

Powerday Foundation and Joshua Buatsi have joined together to promote opportunities for young Londoners and Clubs to improve their lives and communities, in a unique partnership to promote the work of the Powerday Foundation.

In Attendance: Joshua Buatsi British Light-Heavyweight Champion and Olympic Bronze Medallist, Mick Crossan Powerday Foundation Chairman, Edward Crossan Vice Chairman Powerday Foundation

Launch: Friday 12thApril at 11am

Venue: Powerday, Crossan House, Old Oak Sidings, Off Scrubbs Lane, London NW10 6RJThe Powerday Foundation is thrilled to announce that Joshua Buatsi – British boxing’s new sensation, British Light-Heavyweight Champion and Olympic Bronze Medallist has agreed to become an Ambassador and endorse the work of the Powerday Foundation.

Through their link to London Amateur Boxing over the last 6 years Powerday and the Foundation have been the only London based family business which has funded sport development activities and bursaries for young Londoners building upon the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Over the six years of direct support to the sport through their work has attracted over £10 Million into clubs, projects and communities in some of the most hard to reach areas and estates of London, through capital, resource and subsidy support using a mixed economy approach with partners such as Local Authorities and Government.

Joshua Buatsi actually won the Powerday sponsored London ABA title in 2014 and 2015, before going to capture the National titles and then moving onto Olympic success in Rio De Janeiro in 2016.

He soon turned professional and success has continued to follow the degree qualified Buatsi into the paid ranks, which has seen him already capture the British Light-Heavyweight title, he is without doubt the ‘Next Big Superstar of British Boxing’.

Joshua stated: “Having come through amateur boxing in South Norwood and living in Croydon, I have witnessed and benefitted from the time, support and coaching that my amateur volunteer coaches gave to me with so many positive life lessons. I am now pleased to be in a position and able to return my support and endorse the work of the Powerday Foundation, London Boxing and all of the clubs across the capital who do so much on a daily basis for thousands of young people – both male and female, from challenging areas and estates. I believe in these troubled times of peer on peer knife crime and bad lifestyle choices that alternatively the activities and partnerships of the Powerday Foundation through clubs and communities can and will continue to ‘Change Lives for the Better’ and I committed to doing my best to help these positive outcomes continue for the future”.

Chairman of the Powerday Foundation Mick Crossan said: “Having watched Joshua progress from Fairfield Halls-Croydon to the Olympic Games and now progressing through the Professional stage and understanding his commitment to sport and education, we are proud to have him attached as an ambassador to the Powerday Foundation as we seek to raise the profile we have and are achieving through a superb and productive relationship with London Boxing through the clubs and projects in London. Our commitment as a company is to our communities and through the Foundations work we have targeted Young People as a priority and we have seen success through many initiatives and developments such as Drop the Knife Pick Up the Gloves, Work in Schools with At Risk Pupils and with Community groups such as Grenfell United. We warmly welcome Joshua who will assist us in raising awareness of the projects and initiatives whilst also underpinning our commitment to ‘Change Lives for the Better’ and helping Young Londoners to improve their health and mental well-being in safe and inclusive clubs and environments away from street culture.”

For further info contact: Ron Boddy m) 07989 381 955  britishsport@hotmail.com                                         Paul King m) 07516 302 886 paulking10@hotmail.co.uk
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BUATSI – I’LL RUIN CONROY’S DREAMS

Joshua Buatsi takes part in a open workout in London today ahead of his British Light-Heavyweight fight against Liam Conroy at the Copper Box on 23rd March 2019. 20th March 2019 Picture By Mark Robinson.
JB wants domestic honours before stepping up to World level
Croydon Light-Heavyweight star Joshua Buatsi has vowed to ruin Liam Conroy’s dream of becoming the first man from Barrow-in-Furness to win the Lord Lonsdale Challenge Belt at London’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday.

Buatsi has won all nine of his fights, seven inside the distance, since turning pro in 2017, while Conroy has spent five years longer in the paid ranks, winning 16 fights and claiming the English title against Joel McIntyre in 2017.

The 26-year-old, an Olympic bronze medalist, won the WBA International 175lbs title against Andrejs Pokumeiko at The O2 last year and is keen to add domestic belts to his collection before targeting World honours. 

“It’s something I must add to my cupboard, I’ve got space in there to add another trophy and that’s the next one I’ll be doing,” said Buatsi. “He’s won his last 10, knocked out his last five. This is his dream to become champion and I’ll be there to stop it.”Most importantly champions that have come out of this country have pretty much gone that same route. They have won the British title before and have gone on to win big things. So for me it’s important to kind of follow that step, just to show that ok ‘he’s conquered Britain’ and then I will look elsewhere.

“It will be World titles after that but it’s for the team to sit down and come up with the best route possible for myself but most importantly it’s all focus for Saturday night to make sure I win that title.”Buatsi vs. Conroy is part of a huge night of action at the Copper Box Arena. 

Main event sees Charlie Edwards make the first defence of his WBC Flyweight World title against Spain’s Angel Moreno.
London Cruiserweight rivals Lawrence Okolie and Wadi Camacho collide with the British and Cruiserweight titles on the line. 

Geordie ace Lewis Ritson makes his debut at 140lbs as he takes on Argentina’s German Argentino Benitez for the WBA Inter-Continental title.

Undefeated Irish Middleweight talent Jason Quigley fights for the first time as a pro in the UK, Watford Bantamweight talent Shannon Courtenay makes her highly-anticipated professional debut and Newport Bantamweight talent Sean McGoldrick fights for the first time under new trainer Jamie Moore. 
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CONROY: YOU’LL SEE AN EXTRA LEVEL TO MY BOXING THIS WEEKEND

Liam Conroy takes part in a open workout in London today ahead of his British Light-Heavyweight fight against Joshua Buatsi at the Copper Box on 23rd March 2019. 20th March 2019 Picture By Mark Robinson.
‘Inspired’ Barrow man ready to make history at the Copper Box Arena
Liam Conroy says he is ready to make history at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday by becoming the first ever man from Barrow-in-Furness to win the prestigious Lord Lonsdale Challenge Belt.

The former English Champion takes on Rio 2016 Olympian Joshua Buatsi for the vacant British Light-Heavyweight crown in East London and is determined to silence his doubters, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.

Despite heading into this weekend’s domestic showdown in the form of his career with five successive stoppage wins, the bookies have the 26-year-old down as a huge underdog against rising star Buatsi, a label that he insists he will thrive off. 

I’m feeling brilliant,” Conroy told MTK Global. “I’m living the dream to be boxing for a British title. I’m so inspired and I think you’ll see an extra level to my boxing this weekend as a result of that.“The bookies have him a clear favourite. I was insulted at first but then I look back on times I’ve done this before – I’ve had brilliant wins being the underdog. With it being on such a big scale and on such a big platform, it’s going to be even sweeter when I do it.“Having so many people from Barrow there will give me a massive push. I’ve sold loads of tickets even though it’s nowhere near London. I think they’re as excited as I am!“I’m the first Barrovian to box for the British title and I’ll be the first one to win one as well. Everyone is absolutely buzzing so it’ll be a brilliant atmosphere in there and I’ll feed off it on the night.”Buatsi vs. Conroy tops a huge night of action at the Copper Box Arena. 

Main event sees Charlie Edwards make the first defence of his WBC Flyweight World title against Spain’s Angel Moreno.
London Cruiserweight rivals Lawrence Okolie and Wadi Camacho collide with the British and Cruiserweight titles on the line. 

Geordie ace Lewis Ritson makes his debut at 140lbs as he takes on Argentina’s German Argentino Benitez for the WBA Inter-Continental title.

Undefeated Irish Middleweight talent Jason Quigley fights for the first time as a pro in the UK, Watford Bantamweight talent Shannon Courtenay makes her highly-anticipated professional debut and Newport Bantamweight talent Sean McGoldrick fights for the first time under new trainer Jamie Moore. 

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BUATSI CLASHES WITH QUINLAN AT THE O2

Croydon star meets tough Aussia on Whyte vs. Chisora 2 undercard
Joshua Buatsi will defend his WBA International Light-Heavyweight title against Australia’s Renold Quinlan at The O2 in London on December 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US.
 
Buatsi won the title in spectacular fashion when he destroyed Andrejs Pokumeiko inside one round at The O2 in July before blitzing Frenchman Tony Averlant in the opening round at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle in September. 
 
The 25-year-old Croydon star is hoping that former IBO Super-Middleweight Champion Quinlan will take him rounds. December 22 will be Quinlan’s second fight in the UK, he took Chris Eubank Jr. ten rounds when they clashed at the Olympia last year. 
 
“Renold Quinlan is a good solid fighter,” said Buatsi. “I’m hoping that he will give me the rounds that I need because my last two fights have gone early. He’s a very tough man and a proud Australian, he’ll be coming to fight. This isn’t about the title, it’s about getting the experience under my belt and pushing on.”
 
“I’ve seen bits of Buatsi and he’s nothing special,” said Quinlan. “He hasn’t fought anyone like me yet and I can’t wait to give him a great fight. I’m delighted to be returning to the UK on such a big card and I’ll be putting on a great performance for all my UK fans.”
 
Buatsi vs. Quinlan is part of a huge night of boxing in the capital.
 
Main event sees fierce Heavyweight rivals Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora rematch after their Fight of the Year contender in December 2016.
 
Charlie Edwards gets a second shot at a World title when he challenges Cristofer Rosales for the WBC Flyweight World title, David Price and Tom Little meet in a must-win Heavyweight clash and British Featherweight Champion Ryan Walsh puts his Lonsdale belt on the line against Watford’s Reece Bellotti. 

Very limited tickets for Whyte vs. Chisora 2 are available to purchase from StubHub (www.stubhub.co.uk), The O2 (www.theo2.co.uk) and Matchroom Boxing (www.matchroomboxing.com)

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LEWIS RITSON VS. FRANCESCO PATERA WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER


 
DOORS 16:30
 
16:30| 4 x 3 mins Super-Welterweight contest
CHAD ELLIS 10st 9lbs v ANGEL EMILOV 10st 12lbs
(Spennymoor) (Bulgaria)
 
6 x 3 mins Light-Heavyweight contest
HOSEA BURTON 12st 10lbs v SAIDOU SALL 12st 9lbs
(Manchester) (France)
 
6 x 3 mins Light-Heavyweight contest
LAWRENCE OSUEKE 12st 11lbs v CHARLES ADAMU 12st 7lbs
(Newcastle) (Ghana)
 
LIVE ON FACEBOOK
 
17:45 | 8 x 3 mins Super-Welterweight contest
ANTHONY FOWLER v GABOR GORBICS
(Liverpool) (Hungary)
 
4 x 3 mins Super-Middleweight contest
JOHN DOCHERTY 12st 2lbs v JORDAN LATIMER 11st 6lbs
(Edinburgh) (Cheadle)
 
LIVE ON SKY SPORTS
 
19:05 | 10 x 3 mins Eliminator for British Cruiserweight Championship @ 14st 4lbs
SIMON VALLILY 14st 7lbs 2oz v CRAIG GLOVER 14st 2lbs 11oz
(Middlesborough) (Liverpool)
 
10 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
DAVID ALLEN 18st 5lbs 11oz v SAMIR NEBO 16st 5lbs 5oz
(Conisborough) (Germany)
 
10 x 3 mins WBA International Light-Heavyweight Championship @ 12st 7lbs
JOSHUA BUATSI 12st 6lbs 13oz v TONY AVERLANT 12st 5lbs 10oz
(Croydon) (France)
 
12 x 3 mins vacant British and Commonwealth Super-Lightweight Championship @ 10st
ROBBIE DAVIES Jr 9st 13lbs v GLENN FOOT 9st 12lbs 8oz
(Liverpool) (Sunderland)
 
12 x 3 mins vacant EBU Lightweight Championship @ 9st 9lbs
LEWIS RITSON 9st 8lbs 13oz v FRANCESCO PATERA 9st 8lbs 3oz
(Forest Hall) (Genk, Belgium)
 
FLOAT
 
4 x 3 mins Welterweight contest
JOSEPH LAWS 10st 7lbs v CHRIS TRUMAN 10st 3lbs
(Benwell) (Birmingham)
 

4 x 3 mins Lightweight contest
DARREN REAY 9st 9lbs v SAMUIL DIMITROV 9st 10lbs
(Bedlington) (Bulgaria)
 
4/6 x 3 mins Super-Bantamweight contest
THOMAS PATRICK WARD 9st v TOM TRAN 8st 7lbs
(West Rainton) (Germany)
 
4 x 3 mins Super-Lightweight contest
TERRY WILKINSON 10st v CHRIS ADAWAY 10st
(Newcastle) (Plymouth)

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SHEAR CLASS – Alan Shearer backs Lewis Ritson to go all the way to the top


 
Alan Shearer is backing Lewis Ritson to go all the way to the top – and the Newcastle United legend hopes the Lightweight sensation follows his path and packs St. James’ Park for a big fight night.
 
A star-struck Toon Army mad Ritson met the number nine idol in the build up to his European title clash with Francesco Patera on Saturday night (October 13) and the ‘Sandman’ has sold the Metro Radio Arena out after packing it to the rafters for the first time in June when he destroyed Paul Hyland Jr in a round to win the British title outright.
 
Gallowgate favourite Shearer knows all about the fanatical support in Newcastle after banging in 206 goals in ten seasons for his boyhood club, and he believes that the fans will soon be roaring him to World title honours on the hallowed turf.
 
“This will be my first ever fight that I’m attending so there’s no pressure for Lewis!” said Shearer.
 
“The fans are incredible up in Newcastle. If he keeps on winning then a fight a St James’ Park could happen as Lewis dreams of.
 
“That buzz when you walk out at St. James’ is special. I never really used to hear the singing on the pitch during the game, when you walked out the atmosphere was loud and that’s when I used to soak it all in but when that whistle went it was game time and I was zoned in.
 
“I used to stand on the terraces as a fan so to walk out and score in front of your own people is that bit more special. That’s the same for Lewis, but he’s knocking people out!
 
“It’s been interesting to speak with Lewis and understand how much preparation goes in from his training team to study opponents. When I was playing I knew the strengths and weaknesses of the centre backs and map out in advance how I want the service.”
 
Shearer and Ritson have a common thread having both played for famed kids’ team Wallsend Boys as kids, and the hitman-turned-pundit thinks the club has played a part in his success – and along with his close bond with his trainer father, could help him stay at the top when he’s there.
 
“When I was a young boy playing at Wallsend Boys club it taught me a lot. Lewis played there as well and some of that discipline will have no doubt rubbed off on to his game.
 
“Having his Dad standing there in the corner for each fight must be a proud feeling for the both of them.
 
“What I would say to Lewis is the easy part is getting to the top, but the hard part is staying there. He’ll have the money, house, holidays and car. The opponents will know more about him and the level is only going to get tougher. It’s not easy and he’ll have to probably come through some tricky moments but he’s got a great team around him.
 
“I’ll be there ringside and will be the first one to lead the songs when the Blaydon Races comes on.”
 

 
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 against Frenchman Tony Averlant, Liverpool’s Robbie Davies Jnr faces Sunderland’s Glenn Foot for the British and Commonwealth Super-Lightweight titles, Doncaster Heavyweight David Allen is gunning for another huge KO when he takes on Samir Nebo 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, fast-rising Liverpool Welterweight Anthony Fowler, Newcastle Cruiserweight Lawrence Osueke, popular Benwell Super-Welterweight Joseph Laws, Spennymoor Welterweight Chad Ellis, Manchester Light-Heavyweight Hosea Burton, Newcastle Super-Lightweight Terry Wilkinson, Bedlington Lightweight Darren Reay and the professional debut of Scottish Super-Middleweight talent John Docherty.

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ALLEN: “I NEED TO BEAT SAMIR NEBO IN DEVASTATING FASHION”

O2 ARENA BOXING PROMOTION, METRO ARENA, NEWCASTLE PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG Eliminator for British Heavyweight Championship NICK WEBB v DAVID ALLEN

 
‘White Rhino’ targets Lucas Browne showdown in December
 
David Allen says he needs to beat Samir Nebo in “devastating fashion” if he is to set up a showdown with former WBA Heavyweight ruler Lucas Browne at the end of the year.
 
‘White Rhino’ returns to action this Saturday at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US, as he takes on the Germany-based Syrian on the undercard of Lewis Ritson’s European title fight against Francesco Patera.
 
Nebo has only two losses in 13 fights, with all of his wins coming by knockout, but Doncaster’s Allen is confident he can defeat Nebo in a similar style to his brutal stoppage of Nick Webb at The O2 in July.
 
“I’m going to get Nebo on the hook, and I’m going to smash him,” said Allen. “I will never win another fight on points. None of them will go the distance ever again. I fully anticipate knocking out Samir Nebo inside four rounds.
 
“I’ve seen a few rounds of him. He looks solid, like he knows what he’s doing. He’s just outside the top 100 in the World and it’s another good challenge for me. I see it as a building block towards a big fight hopefully towards the end of the year.”
 
Allen is eager to take on Australia’s Browne in December if he gets a win in Newcastle and believes a fight with the former World Champion would be another entertaining encounter for his fans.
 
The potential match-up has been gaining momentum on social media in recent weeks with the pair calling each other out on Twitter.
 
“He’s old enough to be my dad, but Lucas Browne is a tough, strong, powerful man. I think if the fight happens next, it will be at the right time for me. I’m young, fresh, and I’m coming through.
 
“He was the Heavyweight Champion of the World, but I’m the future, and I think it would be a fantastic fight. I’ll take the Browne fight in December, I’m ready for it. I need to beat Samir Nebo in devastating fashion. The Lucas Browne fight is the one that excites me.”
 
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 against Frenchman Tony Averlant, Liverpool’s Robbie Davies Jnr faces Sunderland’s Glenn Foot for the British and Commonwealth Super-Lightweight titles 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, fast-rising Liverpool Welterweight Anthony Fowler, Newcastle Cruiserweight Lawrence Osueke, popular Benwell Super-Welterweight Joseph Laws, Spennymoor Welterweight Chad Ellis, Manchester Light-Heavyweight Hosea Burton, Newcastle Super-Lightweight Terry Wilkinson, Bedlington Lightweight Darren Reay and the professional debut of Scottish Super-Middleweight talent John Docherty.
 
A very limited number of tickets are available to purchase from www.metroradioarena.co.uk.

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RITSON VS. PATERA PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

RITSON-PATERA PROMOTION
PRESS CONFERENCE
CIVIC HALLS,NEWCASTLE
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG
EUROPEAN LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE
LEWIS RITSON AND FRANCESCO PATERA COME TOGETHER TO ANNOUNCE THEIR FIGHT ON EDDIE HEARNS MATCHROOM PROMOTION AT THE METRO ARENA ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 13TH 2018

 
Eddie Hearn:
 
“Good afternoon everyone and thanks for coming along to the press conference to announce our second Newcastle show, October 13 at the arena, following a wonderful experience last time out when Lewis Ritson won the British title outright. This press conference will be streamed live around the World on our social channels, it’s nice and busy in here today so make sure you make loads of noise for the fighters and show everyone what a great city this is.
 
“Before we talk to the guys, I just want to say thank you, not just for coming today, but for what you created last time out at the arena. We do shows all over the World but you can’t ignore or fail to embrace the passion when you go to certain places. Last time out when Lewis Ritson ring-walked it was unexpected. We knew he sold a load of tickets but what happened during that ring-walk, what happened during those ring announcements, what happened during the performance and after it was something that you rarely see. It’s like the emergence of a new powerhouse for British boxing in the North East and Newcastle. I will honestly never forget that experience and I don’t think Lewis will either.
 
“Now the journey really gets interesting. You go from British title level onto European title level, in the hope to achieve a World title opportunity. We know where we’re at, the feet are on the ground and there’s a long way to go. With you lot behind him, he has every opportunity. He’s going to get the opportunities for big fights, this is a whole new level to where he has operated before.
 
“This time we have an even bigger card, a bigger night for Lewis Ritson and bigger fights on the undercard as well. We have a lot of local talents and huge domestic fights, we have in my opinion some of the best young talents in the entire sport worldwide and we have one of the most popular men in British boxing in Dave Allen.”
 
Christian Cherchi – Manager of Francesco Patera:
 
“We have a lot of respect for Lewis and for what he is doing, already three defences of the British title. At the same time, Patera has always shown his ability. For me he won the fight against Sean Dodd. He is a former European Champion, he fought in Liverpool and Finland. There will be a great crowd in Newcastle, very passionate, I think it will be a good fight.”
 
Lewis Ritson – Newcastle, England – 16-0, 10 KOs – fighting Francesco Patera for the Vacant EBU European Lightweight title:
 
“I just want to thank everyone for coming out for the press conference, it is a great turnout. I can’t wait to get in there again. I’ve already been training hard for weeks now. I’m ready to do some business.
 
“It was Tatli, Petit or Patera and me and my dad sat down and we didn’t think there was much between the three of them. I think they are all pretty similar so it doesn’t matter who we get in with, we always say yes. We’ve got our opponent and we’re ready to go.
 
“We’re expecting to be in for the long haul on the night, that’s what we train for. We’ll be ready for everything on the night. The atmosphere was very special last time out, the support we get is brilliant, this time the atmosphere will be bigger and better.
 
“We’ll just have to wait and see in terms of fighting for a World title, we’re at the next level now and we’ll see how I perform at this level. We’ll see if we can get rid of Patera, if we can get rid of him then we’ll know we’re not that far off World level. We’ll see how far I can go, with a city like Newcastle behind me the sky is the limit.”
 
Francesco Patera – Genk, Belgium – 19-3, 7 KOs – fighting Lewis Ritson for the Vacant EBU European Lightweight title:
 
“Thank you Eddie for having me here, I am very excited. I was very happy when I got the offer to fight Lewis. I saw Lewis from one year ago and I always thought ‘I want to fight this guy’. I know I have the ability to beat him. He is a really tough fighter, he comes forward, I’m a hard worker too and it will be a great fight on October 13.
 
“Lewis has never been 12 rounds, he always wins by knockout but we will see on October 13. I think I can handle his power, I’ve never been hurt in my career and I’ve never been down. I’ve fought some really good fighters, I feel I can hurt him too.”
 
Joshua Buatsi – Croydon, London, England – 7-0, 5 KOs – making the first defence of his WBA International Light-Heavyweight title:
 
“I’m really excited to be here, it’s my first time up here and I feel very welcomed. I’m from London and we box at The O2, we shut it down, it’s fun and everyones buzzing. I’ve been told a number of times about the atmosphere in Newcastle. It’s one of the best if not THE best. On October 13 I’ll be looking to replicate what Lewis Ritson does and put someone to sleep. I’m looking forward to it.”
 
Glenn Foot – Sunderland, England – 23-3, 7 KOs – challenging Robbie Davies Jr for the British Super-Lightweight title and defending his Commonwealth Super-Lightweight title:
 
“I’ve got to thank Eddie for bringing the show back to Newcastle and Lewis for being the main boy up here at the minute. It’s a 50-50 fight. Last time I boxed for the British title against Sam Eggington I wasn’t quite right, I had my arm chopped by a machete. Now I’m 110% back in the game. Robbie Davies Jr will get the biggest shock of his life on October 13. The atmosphere was unbelievable last time, I’ve never experienced anything like it. This is a big opportunity for Glenn Foot and I’m going to take full advantage of it.”
 
Robbie Davies Jr – Liverpool, England – 16-1, 12 KOs – challenging Glenn Foot for the British and Commonwealth Super-Lightweight titles:
 
“I’d like to thank Eddie for getting me back on the shows, I started to think that it was never going to happen. This really is a pick’em fight. You’ve got Glenn’s aggression and physical strength against my speed and power. I’ve got everyone down in my neck of the woods backing me. It really is going to be one of them fights where neither of us will need to go looking for each-other.
 
“These are the kind of fights you want. I’ve been fighting a lot of high level foreign opponents. I know what a game lad Glenn is. I’m confident of coming through this fight victorious, it’s going to be exciting. I’m getting people giving me money for tickets and I haven’t even got them yet! Come Ocoter 13 it is going to be a night to remember.”
 
David Allen – Conisbrough, Yorkshire, England – 14-4-2, 11 KOs – returning after his British Heavyweight title Eliminator win over Nick Webb at The O2 in July:
 
“I’m very excited. It’s a brilliant show. I’m really looking forward to Davies Jr vs. Foot. I’ve boxed in Newcastle before twice. We’ll hopefully have a good opponent for October 13. I’m really excited to be in Newcastle.
 
“Since the O2 I’ve probably enjoyed it a bit too much. It turned my life around, I’ve bought a house now and I’m just enjoying my life. I just enjoy boxing. I feel very lucky and fortunate to be in the position that I’m in. I’m going to train very hard for the next five weeks. We’re going to have a good five weeks and then I’ll knock someone out on October 13. I’m looking forward to it.”
 
Thomas Patrick Ward – West Rainton, County Durham, England – 24-0, 3 KO’s – current IBF European Super-Bantamweight Champion:
 
“It’s a fantastic time to be involved in North East boxing. The atmosphere was great last time out in June. There’s a load of good local talent on the undercard that’ll bring the noise, especially now Joe Laws is on the card! We’re very cose to getting a World title shot, I’m ready to conquer the World. I’ll grab the opportunity to fight for a World title with both hands. On October 13 you’ll see a good display from me and you’ll see the talent that everyone talks about and you’ll realise why I’m on the verge of fighting for a World title.”
 
Simon Valilly – Middlesbrough, England – 13-1-1, 4 KOs – fighting Liverpool’s Craig Glover in a ten round Cruiserweight contest on the undercard:
 
“I’ve had a look at Craig Glover this morning and I’ll be on my game and getting the job done on October 13. I’ll be going in there for the KO, I want blood in this one. I’ll get the job done.”
 
Joseph Laws – Benwell, Newcastle, England – 2-0, 2KOs – undefeated Super-Welterweight prospect in action on the undercard:
 
“This is a massive opportunity for me. I’ve been training hard since Christmas. I’ve been feeling good and come October it’s going to be a special night. I’m buzzing to be on the same card as the likes of Lewis Ritson and Glenn Foot. Expect fireworks, I’m getting the job done.”
 
Lawrence Osueke – Newcastle, England – 4-0 – undefeated Light-Heavyweight in action on the undercard:
 
“Im just happy to be part of such a great show for a second Tim. The likes of Lewis Ritson bringing boxing to the North East is great. I had a little bit of time out and now I just want to stay active and work my way up the rankings.”

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RITSON TAKES ON PATERA FOR EUROPEAN LIGHTWEIGHT CROWN


 
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.
 
‘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.
 
“I’ve dealt with all the top operators at domestic level and now it’s time to announce myself on the European stage,” said Ritson. “I’m feeling unstoppable right now and I’m ready to take on anyone that gets put in front of me. The Metro Radio Arena is my fortress and nobody is beating me in my backyard. The noise my fans make inside the arena is incredible, it’s like there’s two of me in the ring!
 
“Patera has held the European belt so we know that he poses a real threat and I’ll have to be at my best to get past him. I’ve been told there’s not much between Patera and Tatli in terms of ability and style. Patera looks big at the weight and is a busy fighter, I’m expecting an exciting fight.
 
“He’s a good opponent, but it’s nothing we don’t think we can handle on the night. I feel like I’m improving with every fight and with the form that I’m in, I’m confident of beating anyone.”
 
“I was completely blown away with what I saw both in and out of the ring last time we were in Newcastle,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Lewis Ritson has fast become one of the most popular and exciting fighters in British boxing and now he gets an opportunity to challenge for a European title. He has cleared up domestically and this is the next step.
 
“Also on the card we have a brilliant domestic battle between Glenn Foot and Robbie Davies Jr for the British and Commonwealth titles and rising star Joshua Buatsi defends his WBA title that he won at The O2 in July. Popular Heavyweight David Allen returns and cruisers Simon Vallily and Craig Glover face off in a title eliminator. If you thought last time was loud wait til this arena is full up with 9,000 Geordies bursting with pride! Roll on October 13.”
 
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.
 
Tickets are priced £40, £60, £80, £100 and £200 VIP and are available to Matchroom Fight Pass members NOW from www.stubhub.co.uk.
 
Tickets go on General Sale at 11.00am on Wednesday August 29 from www.metroradioarena.co.uk.

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