By Mihaly Szabo
Lewis Ritson suffered his first defeat at the hands of Francesco Patera by split decision on Saturday night in his hometown of Newcastle.
The 25-year-old Geordie started strong and aggressive but didn’t rush anything. He showed his boxing skills with lots of jabs and hooks. In the second round, Ritson started to control the fight and Patera’s nose started bleeding from a huge shot. Ritson boxed really clever in the third round with lots of body shots. Patera tried to answer with counter punches but Ritson put him under pressure constantly.
Patera started strong in the fourth round with a few good shots but Ritson trapped him against the ropes and fired huge combinations to excite the fans. In the fifth round, Patera started to realize that he needed to start to let his hands go because Ritson was ahead.
In the sixth round, Patera started growing in confidence but Ritson quickly cooled him down with a body-uppercut combination, but at the end of the round Patera also landed a dangerous uppercut on Ritson. In the seventh round Patera started to take control and caught Ritson again with big shots but Ritson was saved by the bell. Patera started to show that he’s class above Ritson’s previous opponents.
Ritson recovered in the break, but Patera carried on from where he left off in the eighth round but Ritson answered with a big body shot and then went toe-to-toe until the bell sounded. In the ninth round, Ritson came back again which was a lot better from him. He trapped Patera against the ropes and seemed to hurt him with a decent body shot.
In the tenth came the signs of Ritson tiredness, but both fighters went to war with each other and landed significant blows. Towards the end of the round, Patera trapped Ritson on the ropes and put Ritson under a considerable amount of pressure.
In the eleventh round, Ritson looked very tired and Patera looked the much fresher fighter. Patera landed lots of shots but for me Ritson landed the power shots. The fans started to recognise Ritson’s energy levels were depleted and cheered their man on as much as they could.
The final round was started with a huge roar from the Newcastle crowd in a hope to give their man one last big push over the finishing line. Ritson started strong again but Patera answered with plenty of shots and for me, took the round.
It was a great and exciting fight, both fighters gave their all in every round. The decision came from the judges, and the scorecards were 116-112 Ritson, 116-112 Patera, 116-112 Patera. Patera wins the EBU title by split decision. Ritson apologized to the fans after the fight, but he gets cheers from his fans.
Joshua Buatsi vs Tony Averlant
The 25-year-old, Anthony Joshua managed, Buatsi had a very easy night. He put out a big statement again with a first round KO against Frenchman Tony Averlant. Buatsi started like a hurricane and dropped the Frenchman inside 52 seconds with a huge hook to the ribs. Averlant got up but Buatsi scored another knockdown with another hook to the body which resulted in KO win. Buatsi’s warmup was undoubtedly longer than the fight! Buatsi defended his WBA international light-heavyweight title easily.
Dave Allen vs Samir Nebo
Dave Allen also had a quick and easy night. Allen got another stoppage win over Germany’s Samir Nebo in the first round. The clock was at 65 seconds when Allen landed a huge left hook on Nebo which sent the German to the canvas and he was unable to continue. Allen and promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed after the fight that the ‘White Rhino’ will be out again before Christmas and most likely November 10th on the undercard of Usyk vs Bellew.
It was another great night in Newcastle with an unbelievable atmosphere, to say the least. Would you like to see a rematch between Ritson and Patera?