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)
 
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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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KHAN VS. VARGAS WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER

KHAN-VARGAS PROMOTION
WEIGH IN
ARENA BIRMINGHAM,
BIRMINGHAM
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG
KHAN-VARGAS PROMOTION
AMIR KHAN AND SAMUEL VARGAS WEIGH IN AS THEY PREPARE FOR THEIR CONTEST ON
PROMOTER EDDIE HEARNS MATCHROOM PROMOTION AT ARENA BIRMINGHAM ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH 2018

 
DOORS 16:00
 
16:05 | 4 x 3 mins Super-Welterweight contest @ 11st 5lbs
STEVEN DONNELLY 11st 3lbs 6oz v MIGUEL AGUILAR 11st 1lb
(Ballymena) (Barcelona)
 
4 x 3 mins Cruiserweight contest @ 13st 10lbs
SHAKAN PITTERS 13st 5lbs v IMANTAS DAVIDAITIS 13st 10lbs
(Birmingham) (Lithuania)
 
6 x 3 mins Super-Bantamweight @ 8st 12lbs
OSMAN ASLAM 8st 11lbs v JACK SUMMERS 8st 11lbs 6oz
(Bolton) (West Bromwich)
 
6 x 3 mins Super-Bantamweight contest @ 8st 12lbs
QAIS ASHFAQ 8st 11lbs 2oz v GARY AUSTIN 8st 12lbs 11oz
(Leeds) (Liverpool)
 
8 x 3 mins Super-Bantamweight contest @ 8st 12lbs
GAMAL YAFAI 9st 12oz v BRAYAN MAIRENA 8st 10lbs 3oz
(Birmingham) (Nicaragura)
 
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18:00 | 10 x 3 mins Midlands Area Super-Welterweight Championship @ 11st
RYAN KELLY 10st 11lbs 12lbs v KELCIE BALL 10st 13lbs
(Birmingham) (Dordon)
 
LIVE ON SKYSPORTS
 
19:00 | 10 x 3 mins Super-Welterweight contest @ 11st
SCOTT FITZGERALD 11st 1lb 12oz v CRAIG MORRIS 10st 13lbs 6oz
(Preston) (Ludlow)
 
8 x 3 mins Lightweight contest @ 10st 2lbs
LEWIS RITSON 10st 2oz v OSCAR AMADOR 10st 2lbs
(Newcastle) (Nicaragua)
 
12 x 3 mins British Middleweight Championship @ 11st 6lbs
JASON WELBORN 11st 5lbs v TOMMY LANGFORD 11st 5lbs 8oz
(Tividale) (Birmingham)
 
10 x 3 mins Super-Welterweight contest @ 11st
SAM EGGINGTON 10st 13lbs v HASSAN MWAKINYO 11st 1lbs
(Birmingham) (Tanzania)
 
12 x 3 mins Welterweight contest @ 10st 7lbs
AMIR KHAN 10st 7lbs v SAMUEL VARGAS 10st 6lbs
(Bolton) (Toronto, Canada)
 
FLOATS:
 
6 x 3 mins Middleweight @ 11st 2lbs
KIERON CONWAY 11st 2lbs v GINO KANTERS 11st 5lbs 1lb
(Northampton) (Holland)
 
4 x 3 mins Lightweight @ 10st 3lbs
SEAN McCOMB 10st 2lbs 8oz v LESTER CANTILLANO 9st 12lbs 8oz
(Belfast) (Barcelona)

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WELBORN: THIS IS THE END OF TOMMY LANGFORD!

KHAN-VARGAS PROMOTION
PRESS CONFERENCE
REGENCY HYATT HOTEL,
BIRMINGHAM
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG
KHAN-VARGAS PROMOTION
BRITISH MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE
JASON WELBORN AND TOMMY LANGFORD COME FACE TO FACE AS THEY PREPARE FOR THEIR CONTEST ON
PROMOTER EDDIE HEARNS MATCHROOM PROMOTION AT ARENA BIRMINGHAM ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH 2018

 
Jason Welborn says Tommy Langford’s career will be over if he loses again in a rematch for the Middleweight Lord Lonsdale belt at Arena Birmingham tomorrow night (September 8).
 
The Midlands Middleweight matchup will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK and streamed live on the DAZN Facebook and Twitter pages in the US.
 
Welborn outgunned Langford in a British Boxing Board of Control nominated Fight of the Year contender back in May at Walsall Town Hall.
 
Langford went into their first meeting as the Champion and clear favourite with Welborn out at 7/1 with the bookies. Those odds were turned on their head though as the WBC International Silver Champion recorded a shock split-decision victory.
 
And Welborn believes that Langford wouldn’t be able to recover from a second successive loss.
 
“I’m confident at the end of the day,” said Welborn. “I deserved to win British title and I know that I can beat Tommy Langford again. I’ve trained even harder for this rematch and if I do what I did last time then I know that I’ll win.
 
“He’s got an excuse, he said that he didn’t prepare properly last time and he looked past me. He’s gone back to the drawing board, our side hasn’t. We’ve just got to turn up, get that win and do what I normally do.
 
“This is a brilliant bill here in Birmingham and it’s going to bring the best out of me. I’m ready to go 12 rounds at a solid pace, I’ve put my body through hell. He’s had his time, this is my time now. This is the end of Tommy Langford, I’m telling you straight.”
 
“Langford will be desperate to even things up and get the belt back. He will be hungry so I can’t switch off and I know exactly what I have to do to keep my belt.
 
“That said, I’m really confident. Langford struggles with fighters like myself and as long as my engine is as good as last time – and it will be – I can’t see anything other than another Welborn win.”
 
Welborn’s clash with Langford is part of a huge night of action in the second city, topped by Amir Khan’s Welterweight showdown with Samuel Vargas.
 
Ryan Kelly defends the Midlands Area Super-Welterweight title he won in May via stoppage at Villa park against unbeaten Dordon man Kelcie Ball, Stourbridge banger Sam Eggington appears on the bill with Super-Bantamweight star Gamal Yafai, while Geordie Lightweight ace Lewis Ritson keeps busy ahead of his return to the Metro Radio Arena on October 13.
 
Preston Super-Welterweight Scott Fitzgerald takes on Ludlow’s Craig Morris over ten as he works towards a domestic showdown with Anthony Fowler, Leeds Super-Bantamweight Qais Ashfaq faces Liverpool’s Gary Austin, with action elsewhere from Northampton Middleweight Keiron Conway, Belfast Lightweight Sean McComb, Bolton Super-Bantamweight Osman Aslam, Birmingham Cruiserweight Shakan Pitters and Super-Welterweight Steven Donnelly.

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KHAN VS. VARGAS PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

KHAN-VARGAS PROMOTION
PRESS CONFERENCE
REGENCY HYATT HOTEL,
BIRMINGHAM
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG
KHAN-VARGAS PROMOTION
AMIR KHAN AND SAMUEL VARGAS COME FACE TO FACE AS THEY PREPARE FOR THEIR CONTEST ON
PROMOTER EDDIE HEARNS MATCHROOM PROMOTION AT ARENA BIRMINGHAM ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH 2018

 
Eddie Hearn:
 
“It’s fantastic to see Amir Khan back again after a blistering performance at the Echo Arena in Liverpool against Phil Lo Greco. We’re still catching our breath from that. But this time I think a much more serious challenge is in front of him that he has prepared for intensely with his new trainer Joe Goosen.
 
“Chief support is a fantastic rematch of the Fight of the Year contender between Jason Welborn and Tommy Langford. There’s some huge fights on the undercard, Ryan Kelly takes on Kelcie Ball for the Midlands Area Super-Welter title and there’s action elsewhere from Sam Eggington, Lewis Ritson, Gamal Yafai, Scott Fitzgerald any many more. We’ve got 13 fights on Saturday, the doors open at 4 o’clock and we’re going to be running right through to midnight. Thanks for turning out today, the weigh-in tomorrow will take place at the arena, be there, it’s a 2.00pm start. We look forward to a great fight between Amir and Samuel and a great night of boxing live on Sky Sports and DAZN.”
 
Adam Smith, Head of Sky Sports Boxing:
 
“It’s brilliant to be back isn’t it. A fantastic run through to autumn and winter. Boxing is so hot at the moment and what better place to start than here in Birmingham. It’s great to be back, it’s fantastic to have Amir Khan topping the bill. We didn’t get to see much of him in Liverpool, it was so quick against Phil Lo Greco. I’m sure we’ll have more from Samuel Vargas, who I know comes full of confidence and with a big team. It is great to see Chris Johnson back in Britain, it has been a few years.
 
“It’s a wonderful card, there’s so many fights on the bill. We’re going to be Facebook live from six o’clock on Saturday night and live on Sky Sports Action from seven o’clock. It’s a great showcase for all of the talent on this bill. There’s a great British title fight on the bill as Jason Welborn rematches with Tommy Langford, I’m really looking forward to that. There’s plenty to look forward to, I can’t wait.”
 
Lee Baxter of Lee Baxter Promotions:
 
“The work is done. In the lead up to this fight all we have been talking about is Phil Lo Greco. I’m going to thank Phil on Sunday because I think everyone over here thinks we’re all the same in Toronto. The work has been put it, ultimately it comes down to Saturday. I know what we’ve done. They know what they think they’ve done. They don’t know us. We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve. We’ve done everything we can. Come Sunday morning we’ll all be happy. We’re a young team that is growing and Sam is holding the torch right now.”
 
Chris Johnson, trainer of Samuel Vargas:
 
“We’re definitely not expecting another Phil Lo Greco fight, I’m very familiar with him as well. This man beside me to my right (Samuel Vargas) is a beast, works hard, wants it, needs it. I trained Sammy up until he was 13-0 and we parted ways. And now that we’re back together it’s like we never left. You’re not going to see the same Sammy Vargas, you’re going to see an animal in front of you. I nicknamed him ‘The Bull’ because that’s what he is. I expect a knockout, that’s the only way to win here.”
 
Joe Goosen, trainer of Amir Khan:
 
“We had a great camp last time, it was a short camp, we only had five weeks. We’ve had ten weeks for this camp and we brought in top sparring. I’ve prepared like this is the toughest fight that he’s ever going to be in. We’ve put in all the work. We’re prepared. Ultimately, you’re going to have to get in the ring with Amir Khan and we’re talking about an exceptional career and he’s in an exceptional spot right now. Good luck to the boys over there (points to Team Vargas) but I’ve got the real athlete in the ring on Saturday night and we’ve come here to do one thing and that’s to win.”
 
Amir Khan – Bolton, England – 32-4, 20 KOs – fighting Samuel Vargas in a 12 round Welterweight contest:
 
“It’s been a tough training camp. I’ve spent round about ten weeks in Los Angeles and it’s the first time that me and Joe have spent a full camp together. The last fight was a little bit of short training camp because of the change of trainers. We’re going to be ready for this fight and I’m glad the team on my left (Team Vargas) is talking and they’re confident. They’re making the fight more exciting.
 
“I’ve trained very hard for this fight as I do for all of my fights. I’ve sparred with some really tough fighters and fighters that are probably better than my opponent. When I get in the ring I’m going to give Birmingham a great fight and I’m going to do what I do best. We never go into a fight looking for a knockout, we never go into a fight throwing big bombs. If it happens it happens, if I see an opening I’m going to take it. I’ve been watching videos of Vargas, I’ve seen a few things in there but everyone if different in every fight.
 
“I know I’ve got everything it takes to win this fight. I’m not seeing Vargas as another Lo Greco. They might be from the same country but that doesn’t mean anything. I’ve trained like this is a World title fight because I know where this can take me.”
 
Samuel Vargas – Toronto, Canada – 29-3-2, 14 KOs – fighting Amir Khan in a 12 round Welterweight contest:
 
“I’ve had a great camp and I want to thank my team. I had a tremendous training camp and had a lot of rounds. I brought in sparring from Puerto Rico and the States as well as local sparring in Toronto. It was great. I’m blessed to be here.
 
“There’s no doubt in my mind that I will be victorious on Saturday night. I don’t care how I do it. I don’t care if it’s by knockout or if it goes the distance or if I break his ribs. I don’t care how it is, in my heart I think it, I dream it, I pray about it and I’ll win. I think Amir is an old man and he’s over the hill. I think he’s been damaged a lot and I know in my hear that when he goes to sleep he knows that if I touch him, he’s going to get hurt. If I clip him with something he will get hurt.”
 
Sam Eggington – Stourbridge, England – 23-4, 15 KOs – fighting Hassan Mwakinyo in a 10 round Super-Welterweight contest:
 
“The Brandon Cook fight falling through was a massive disappointment. It was hard to get back into the gym so soon after it. My fight on Saturday was always planned, it was supposed to be a big fight but it is what it is. There’s some big fights in the pipeline that could change my career and my life in general. We’ll push on from this, we’ll get a good win and see what’s next.”
 
Jason Welborn – Tividale, England – 23-6, 7 KO’s – first defence of his British Middleweight title against Tommy Langford:
 
“I’m confident at the end of the day. I won the British title and I know that I can beat Tommy Langford again. I’ve trained even harder for this rematch. If I do what I did last time then I know that I’ll win. He’s got an excuse, he said that he didn’t prepare properly last time and he looked past me. He’s gone back to the drawing board, our side hasn’t. We’ve just got to turn up, get that win and do what I normally do. This is a brilliant bill here in Birmingham and it’s going to bring the best out of me. I’m ready to go 12 rounds at a solid pace, I’ve put my body through hell. He’s had his time, this is my time now. This is the end of Tommy Langford, I’m telling you straight.”
 

Tommy Langford – Birmingham, England – 20-2, 6 KO’s – challenging Jason Welborn for the British Middleweight title:
 
“It’s brilliant to have such a huge event back in Birmingham. It’s a great boxing city. It’s a chance for me to show what I’ve got. There’s huge exposure for all of the lads on the card and it’s going to be absolutely rammed out in the arena so I’m really looking forward to it.
 
“I made a lot of mistakes last time, I’ve been very open about that. I held my hands up, I completely overlooked Jason. I haven’t done that this time, I’ve given the respect and the training camp that he’s due. I’m looking forward to putting on a very good performance on Saturday.”
 
Ryan Kelly – Birmingham, England – 11-1, 5 KOs – Fighting Kelcie Ball for the the Midlands Area Super-Welterweight title:
 
“I think it’s time to prove that last time out wasn’t a good night for me. I’ve been training really hard since that loss and it’s time to put things right. I’ve sold a load of tickets. There’s a lot of people coming down to support me on the night so I’m looking to box out my skin. I’ve got a game opponent in front of me in Kelcie Ball and I’m looking forward to doing a job.”
 
Scott Fitzgerald – Preston, England – 10-0, 7KOs – fighting Craig Morris in a 10 round Super-Welterweight contest:
 
“I’ve had ten fights and now I’m getting into the big contests. This is a step up for me on Saturday. I’ll be concentrating on Craig Morris first of all and making sure I do a good job and get the win. Then we can look at the big fights that are in the pipeline. Craig is a game fighter who is coming to win. Maybe it will be the Anthony Fowler fight next. There’s a lot of big fights out there for me that can be made if I come through Saturday. The winner of me against Fowler could potentially face the winner of Ted Cheeseman vs. Asinia Byfield.”
 
Qais Ashfaq – Leeds, England – 2-0 – fighting Gary Austin in a 6 round Super-Bantamweight contest:
 
“I’ve been working hard in the gym. It’s my third fight, I’m amazed I’m here right now. It’s my second Amir Khan undercard which is obviously a great experience. I’ve been staying in the gym, learning the trade. I wouldn’t say that my last two fights had that pro style but we’ve been working hard on it and I’m looking forward to showing everyone on Saturday night. I’m just getting better and better as the time goes on.”
 
Gamal Yafai – Birmingham, England – 15-1, 8 KOs – fighting Brayan Mairena in a 8 round Super-Bantamweight contest:
 
“I need to get Saturday night out of the way and then we can look ahead to the bigger fights. I’m looking forward to getting out on Saturday and putting on a good performance for the Birmingham crowd. The defeat to Gavin McDonnell has made me hungrier, I messed up and I’m not going to mess up again. I want to show everyone what I’m capable of. I’m a lot better than what I’ve shown in my previous fights. I’m ready to go and to show everyone what I’m really about.:
 
Kelcie Ball – Dordoan, England – 9-0, 2 KO’s – fighting Ryan Kelly for the Midlands Arena Super-Welterweight title:
 
“I’d just like to thank Matchroom again for getting me on the bill. Ryan has been here before, but he didn’t get the win. I don’t believe he is going to get the win this time. We’ve sparred numerous rounds and we know each other really well. I’m coming to win. I’m game as anything. I’ve had a good camp and I can’t wait to get in there and do the business. Ryan has had his shot before and it didn’t go to plan so if that happens for him again, he’s not really got anywhere to go. I’m just going up, I can’t wait to get it on.”
 
Lewis Ritson – Newcastle, England – 16-0, 10 KOs – fighting Oscar Amador in an 8 round Lightweight contest:
 
“We’ve been training hard in the gym. If the rounds come, the rounds come. We’ve been training as hard for this fight as any other. We’re ready and we’ll be ready on October 13th as well.”

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LANGFORD: I’M PUTTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT


 
Tommy Langford says he will put the record straight when he rematches Jason Welborn for the British Middleweight title at Arena Birmingham this Saturday (September 8), live on Sky Sports.
 
The local rivals went to war over twelve rounds in a British Boxing Board of Control nominated Fight of the Year contender back in May at Walsall Town Hall, with Welborn wrestling the Lord Lonsdale belt from Langford via a shock split decision.
 
Langford, 29, was widely expected to win having already seen off his mandated opponent Jack Arnfield at Manchester Arena in February, but admits mistakes were made in the build up to their first meeting.
 
“The truth is I probably got a big too big for my boots,” said Langford. “I’ll hold my hands up, I overlooked him last time. Fair play to Jason, he made it in to his type of fight which distracted me and put me off my game plan.
 
“I got it severely wrong. It’s not good enough just admitting that you got it wrong, you have to realise why you got it wrong. The reality is I looked past him and paid the price. Thankfully we got the rematch straight away and I’m looking forward to putting the record straight and showing people what I’m really about.
 
“You’ve got to give Welborn credit, he fought the right fight for him. It was a full on tear up for the twelve rounds. I’m 100% focused on winning my belt back, I’m not looking past it. It doesn’t matter how I’m going to win, I know I will win.
 
“There was a lot that went wrong last time, we’ve identified some technical aspects of my game and have been improving on that for this camp. I’ve got to get back to my boxing and use my feet a lot more this time around.
 
Former Commonwealth and WBO Intercontinental Champion Langford knows that big fights lie ahead should he regain the British title and insists that he will not be making the same mistake twice when he gets in the ring with Welborn on Saturday.
 
“This rematch is on the big stage, which is where I feel like I belong,” he added. “There’s no getting away from the fact it’s a big fight for us both and the winner will go on from here.
 
“I was so proud to win and defend the British title, it hurt a lot to see him lift it. I’m not thinking about the future, I’ve made that mistake before. Even thinking about the day after the fight on Sunday 9th September is too far ahead – all my focus is on Saturday night when that bell goes.”
 
Langford’s clash with Welborn is part of a huge night of action in the second city, topped by Amir Khan’s Welterweight showdown with Samuel Vargas.
 
Ryan Kelly defends the Midlands Area Super-Welterweight title he won in May via stoppage at Villa park against unbeaten Dordon man Kelcie Ball, Stourbridge banger Sam Eggington appears on the bill with Super-Bantamweight star Gamal Yafai, while Geordie Lightweight ace Lewis Ritson keeps busy ahead of his return to the Metro Radio Arena on October 13.
 
Preston Super-Welterweight Scott Fitzgerald takes on Ludlow’s Craig Morris over ten as he works towards a domestic showdown with Anthony Fowler, Leeds Super-Bantamweight Qais Ashfaq faces Southampton’s Ricky Little, with action elsewhere from Northampton Middleweight Keiron Conway, Belfast Lightweight Sean McComb, Bolton Super-Bantamweight Osman Aslam, Gloucester Super-Lightweight Akeem Ennis Brown and Birmingham Cruiserweight Shakan Pitters.
 
Limited tickets priced £40, £60, £80 and £100 are available from www.arenabham.co.uk and www.stubhub.co.uk

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FITZGERALD TARGETS DOMESTIC SHOWDOWN WITH FOWLER


 
Scott Fitzgerald is keen for a match-up with fellow rising star Anthony Fowler, should he come through his clash with Craig Morris at Arena Birmingham on September 8, shown live on Sky Sports.
 
A fight against ‘The Machine’ has been welcomed by the Preston man, who wants to work his way into title contention after 10 wins, and would even travel to Fowler’s hometown venue.
 
Fowler called for a showdown with his former Team England teammate after stopping Dublin’s Craig O’Brien at The O2 in July, and Fitzgerald is happy to oblige him. The 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist believes he would beat Fowler with his superior speed and ring intelligence.
 
“Hopefully the fight with Fowler is going to get made sooner rather than later,” Fitzgerald told Sky Sports Boxing. “Anytime before the end of the year, and anywhere. I’m happy to fight in Liverpool, the Echo Arena, if that’s what makes sense.
 
“Whoever wins the fight is going to be propelled onwards, so I want that fight because I know I can win, and that’s what I plan on doing.
 
“He’s a strong lad and he can punch, as can I. I just think I’m a bit faster, and I think I’ve got a better boxing brain than him. He’s very aggressive yeah, but I think I can use that against him.”
 
Fitzgerald faces potentially his toughest opponent yet in Morris, who has won ten of his twelve contests, stopping three of his opponents.
 
“I can’t look past Craig Morris,” he added. “This is a big step-up in itself and I can’t overlook him. All of my focus is on Craig and then we can talk about the bigger fights. It’s a huge bill in Birmingham with Amir Khan topping it, so I’m looking forward to it.”
 
Fitzgerald’s clash with Morris is part of a huge night of action in the second city, topped by Amir Khan’s Welterweight showdown with Samuel Vargas.
 
Ryan Kelly defends the Midlands Area Super-Welterweight title he won in May via stoppage at Villa park against unbeaten Dordon man Kelcie Ball, Stourbridge banger Sam Eggington appears on the bill with Super-Bantamweight star Gamal Yafai, while Geordie Lightweight ace Lewis Ritson keeps busy ahead of his return to the Metro Radio Arena on October 13.
 
Leeds Super-Bantamweight Qais Ashfaq faces Southampton’s Ricky Little, with action elsewhere from Northampton Middleweight Keiron Conway, Belfast Lightweight Sean McComb, Bolton Super-Bantamweight Osman Aslam, Gloucester Super-Lightweight Akeem Ennis Brown and Birmingham Cruiserweight Shakan Pitters.
 
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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.
 
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VARGAS WARNS KHAN – “IF I TOUCH HIM ON THE CHIN, HE’S GOING DOWN”


 
Samuel Vargas says he has the power to knockout Amir Khan when the pair clash at Arena Birmingham on September 8, live on Sky Sports.
 
Vargas is ranked number 9 in the WBA and knows that a win over the former unified World Champion will rocket his name into World title contention in the Welterweight division.
 
The 29-year-old Canadian based Columbian doesn’t believe that Khan managed to shake off any ring rust in his first round destruction of Phil Lo Greco in April and has warned the UK favourite to prepare for a punishing battle.
 
“If I touch him on the chin, he’s going down,” said Vargas. “That’s a guarantee. I’m sure it’s going to be a hostile territory, but I’ll impose my will on him. He’s an old man. He’s been hurt before and he’s been stopped many times.
 
“I just have to land one punch on his chin, left or right hand. His feet will go all over the place and if he’s still there I’ll hit him again and again. It’s there, everyone knows it’s there.
 
“If he’s expecting another 39 second blow out then he’s going to be in for a big shock. He’s been stopped really badly a couple of times, so we know it’s always there and we have 36 minutes to do it.
 
“Genetically, we’re not supposed to receive that much punishment and get back up. Your body can only take so much before it gives out. Maybe this is the fight for him. He’s older, he’s received a lot of punishment, he’s got a lot of mileage on him, so I just have to go out there and expose him.”
 
Vargas has fought both Errol Spence Jr and Danny Garcia, losing to both. He will be looking to make it third time lucky when he takes on another elite fighter in Khan next month, who he feels he is being overlooked by.
 
“I’ve been in there with the best, obviously I didn’t get the results that I wanted but those defeats have been my biggest lessons. I work hard and I sacrifice a lot. I’m just a regular guy that decided not to quit and not to give up, to get up and to keep on going and here I am. That’s why I was given this opportunity.
 
“All of the pressure is on him. I just need to let him know that he is the smaller man and let him know that I’m dictating the pace of the fight. This is all or nothing for me. It’s either win this fight or win this fight. I have no choice. For him it’s just like, ‘I need to get through this guy and then I get the big fight’. That’s how he sees it. For me this is everything.”
 
Khan’s clash with Vargas tops a packed card in the second city, as Jason Welborn defends his British Middleweight title in a rematch with Tommy Langford, whom he snatched the title from in May via split decision in Walsall.
 
Ryan Kelly defends the Midlands Area Super-Welterweight title he won in May via stoppage at Villa park against unbeaten Dordon man Kelcie Ball, Stourbridge banger Sam Eggington appears on the bill with Super-Bantamweight star Gamal Yafai, while Geordie Lightweight ace Lewis Ritson keeps busy ahead of his return to the Metro Radio Arena on October 13.
 
Preston Super-Welterweight Scott Fitzgerald takes on Ludlow’s Craig Morris over ten, Leeds Super-Bantamweight Qais Ashfaq faces Southampton’s Ricky Little, with action elsewhere from Northampton Middleweight Keiron Conway, Belfast Lightweight Sean McComb, Bolton Super-Bantamweight Osman Aslam, Gloucester Super-Lightweight Akeem Ennis Brown and Birmingham Cruiserweight Shakan Pitters.
 
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