Lewis Ritson endured stinging criticism after a highly-controversial win, however he can restore his repute by incomes an undisputed world title combat with Josh Taylor.
The knockout puncher from the North East is primed for an explosive encounter with Jeremias Ponce tonight, live on Sky Sports, and that’s simply how he likes it after being mesmerised by Miguel Vazquez final October.
Ritson struggled to land a telling blow on the Mexican, who appeared to have prodded and pecked his solution to a clear factors win, just for the British contender to obtain a very beneficiant break up resolution.
That torturous night and the torrent of social media abuse that adopted should now be forgotten by Ritson, with a large reward at stake if he can overpower the heavy-handed Argentinian.
Taylor is the undisputed ruler of the 140lbs division following his excellent victory over Jose Ramirez final month and Ritson can full a dramatic revival by forcing his approach into the Scotsman’s future plans.
“After all, the winner of this combat turns into obligatory for Josh Taylor, which isn’t simply the IBF title, however is all of the belts,” Ritson’s promoter Eddie Hearn advised Sky Sports.
“Lewis, fairly humbly saying that is a massive problem, however I feel if he can undergo Ponce in fashion, then he rightfully stakes his declare to problem for the world title.”
Ritson’s ambitions of preventing at St James’ Park appeared extra fanciful than a Champions League title get together on Tyneside after a dismal first skilled defeat to Francesco Patera.
A titanic combat with Taylor for all of the titles would definitely draw a crowd, though Ritson has freely acknowledged that there are simpler methods of changing into a world champion.
“Yeah, lastly I will hopefully get there [St James’ Park],” Ritson advised Sky Sports.
“I am hoping Josh does the great factor and strikes up and vacates these belts, as a result of he is a little bit of a particular expertise.
“I would not knock the combat again with Josh, I am not saying that in any respect. I might undoubtedly take one [a fight with Taylor] however everyone knows he is a particular fighter.
“I’ve received to get previous Saturday. Bought to look good and hopefully these fights can come alongside.”
Hearn admits Ritson can, on the very least, be the recipient of a combat for a vacant title, if he delivers one other show of thunderous punching.
“Josh Taylor can be trying, saying, ‘I am now undisputed, I wish to not simply money in, however I would like the legacy combat’.
“Is that transferring as much as welterweight to combat Terence Crawford, or one other nice fighter within the 147lb division?
“I feel he in all probability will do the (Jack) Catterall combat, however then he’ll vacate after that, so this title would change into vacant and fairly refreshing from Lewis Ritson to say, ‘I might fairly desire that route, to be sincere with you’.”
Ritson has been brutally sincere after that contentious win over Vazquez, however now he simply must be brutal.
Watch Lewis Ritson vs Jeremias Ponce on Saturday night time, from 7pm on Sky Sports.