World Boxing News provides results from Newcastle Arena as Super lightweights Robbie Davies Jr. and Lewis Ritson end their feud on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.
To the delight of the home fans, Lewis Ritson finally landed at the super lightweight limit.
‘The Sandman’ was a destructive force at 135 pounds but hadn’t enjoyed the same success at 140.
Against Robbie Davies Jr., a visibly bigger man, Ritson showed his improvement after growing into the division.
In a sure Fight of the Year contender, Ritson took a decision triumph in what was a WBA eliminator.
Ritson had to take some shots in order to land, but it was his flashier combinations which won the day.
At the end of twelve, judges carded 117-112 and 116-112 (twice) in the Newcastle fighter’s favour.
Ted Cheeseman proved he’s more than just a brawler in an entertaining clash with Scott Fitzgerald.
The British champion heading into the bout, ‘Big Cheese’ was hoping a change of tactics would stop a slide of one loss and one draw.
It wasn’t to be for Cheeseman despite dominating the fight from the second until the eighth.
Fitzgerald did enough on two of the judges cards to take some of those earlier rounds to seal the Lonsdale Belt for the first time.
Now 14-0, the ‘Mad Man’ was handed the decision 116-113 (twice) and 115-113.
Martin Bakole became only the third man to stop Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson after taking out the veteran American in the fifth.
Bakole proved too powerful for Johnson, pinning his for against the ropes and producing a barrage to force the ref to step in.
He now moves on to tougher tests in the future.
Prior to the main bouts, Savannah Marshall continued her rise with a third round victory over American Ashleigh Curry.
It was a punishing display by Marshall, who wants a world title shot, sooner rather than later.
In a floater squeezed in by Sky Sports, Joe Laws once again impressed in front of his beloved home fans.
Laws made it 8-0 against a game Justice Addy but just failed to get the early ending he wanted.
Addy seemed ready to go on more than one occasion as Laws went head-hunting from the off.
With seconds remaining, Addy was out on his feet but made it to the final bell. Laws scored the points win.
In what ended up as a startling draw, Lawrence Osueke and Ricky Summers shared the spoils after ten rounds.
The end didn’t come without controversy. An unfathomable 100-92 score to Osueke was cancelled out by tallies of 96-95 to Summers and 95-95 even.
A rematch looks on the cards as the contest was a British title eliminator.
Making his Matchroom debut after being signed by Eddie Hearn on the back of a shock draw with Ted Cheeseman, Kieron Conway got off to winning start.
Conway eased past Konrad Stempkowski 80-71 on the cards, dropping his opponent along the way.
John Docherty extended his perfect record to 7-0 with a dominant performance against Lewis Van Poetsch.
The super middleweight is hurtling towards a certain British title shot in 2020.
Liverpool’s Thomas Whittaker-Hart opened the evening’s action with a points win over Darryl Sharpe. Hart, now 3-0, is back in actin quickly in a homecoming bout on the Callum Smith vs John Ryder undercard on November 23.
Following up Hart was Newcastle’s own lass April Hunter, who won every round of her professional debut against Borislava Goranova.
As with the previous two bouts, super lightweight Terry Wilkinson won 40-36 against his opponent Daryl Pearce.