Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ritson's Back in Ring after Knockout 2015

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ritson's Back in Ring after Knockout 2015

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Byline: Craig Johns Sports Writer craig.johns@ncjmedia.co.uk

GEORDIE boxer Lewis Ritson did not lose a round as he stormed to 7-0 as a professional in his first calendar year since turning over from the amateurs.

The former Forest Hall amateur - an ABA finalist - turned professional last April under the guidance of former Ricky Burns trainer Billy Nelson.

Ritson relocated to Glasgow to train with the worldrenowned Scottish coach and that decision was vindicated when, in his final bout of 2015, he stopped Mikheil Avakyan in four rounds to claim a lightweight International Challenge belt.

He now looks ahead to his first bout of 2016 as he faces Daniel Brazo in Glasgow tomorrow in a tune-up fight before challenging for a WBC Youth world title in March.

Should he win both contests then by the time the 12-month anniversary of his debut roles around 'The Sandman' will have won nine fights and claimed two belts - something not many can lay claim to.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Nelson revealed his delight at Ritson's progress.

He said: "I am delighted with the way Lewis' development is going - more importantly he is happy too. A happy fighter is a good fighter.

"We are getting the desired results and the opportunities.

"To have had nine fights in your first 12 months and hopefully two titles it is hard to ask for much more than that.

"He has not lost a round yet - that is fantastic.

"He has the mental attitude of a guy who has had about 25 fights and that can set him apart from other fighters.

"His technical improvement is very pleasing too. His body shots are frightening. They are really strong since we brought him down to lightweight.

"He is fighting another a good six-rounder (against Brazo) and we are seeking another convincing win.

"If we stop him we stop him, if not we get the rounds in and then it is full steam ahead towards the WBC World Youth title in March. …

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