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Bombs On The Thames Part Two: Lewis Ritson, The Lightweight Heavyweight.

Just How Far Can This Exciting Prospect Go In The Lightweight Division?

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By Aaron Cooper

There is never any shame in admitting you are wrong, and boy was I. British lightweight champion, Lewis Ritson put the division on notice last night with a second-round demolition of the former champion, Scott Cardle.

Now I had initially been sceptical of Ritson. In fifteen fights, only six of his opponents had winning records. A lot was made of his win over Joe Murray, but Murray had not fought anyone of note since being stopped by Ryan Walsh five years ago. I really thought that Cardle would put Ritson back in his box.

But here is the reality of the situation, Lewis Ritson is the real deal. I have to give full props to Cardle for coming out the way he did, and whilst Ritson did get hit a fair bit by some really jarring hooks and uppercuts from the fallen former champ. He has proved he can weather the storm, and from a class operator no less. Ritson is like a shark, as soon as he smells blood he becomes a ferocious animal.  Now I could say that Cardle fought the wrong fight, and he may well have done. But I've now seen just how effective Ritson can be. What has impressed me so much in his last two fights is how he is able to walk his opponents down, he shows no fear.

Now, this might be a bold statement, but I think Ritson may well be one of, if not the best fighter this country has when he gets on this inside. He lands first every time, punishing his opponents with power that seems worthy of a weight class or two above.

Ritson will next fight in his home city of Newcastle on June 16th. Should he win this bout, he will have claimed the Lonsdale belt outright in less than a year, which is simply outstanding.

But how far can he go? Hearn has two quality world level lightweights at his disposal should he wish to match Ritson up against Anthony Crolla or Luke Campbell. But the question is, on this form would they want to take the risk?