Lewis Ritson Gets Bump in Rankings! Title Shot Possible!
Lewis “Sandman” Ritson (21-1, 12ko) defeated arch rival and fellow countryman Robbie Davies Jnr (19-2, 13ko) October 19.
As a result, he has seen a huge bump in the rankings by the WBA. If all goes well, we could see a profitable U.K. high profile fight with unified junior welterweight champion and WBSS winner Josh Taylor (16-0, 12ko).
The 26-year-old WBA Inter-continental champion moved up from #9 to #2 in the rankings. The main reason for the favorable bump is the direct result of defeating the previously ranked #7 Davies.
Team Ritson has to be happy as this places the reality of a world title bout within reach. DAZN/Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has been vocal about wanting to make a fight with the #2 rated contender and unified champion sometime in 2020; as previously covered by 3kingsboxing.
A fight with the unified champion would be easy to make and welcomed by the British boxing fans. It would be a huge fight between two fellow countrymen with even more profitable implications on the line.
The winner could go on to challenge the other divisional unified champion Jose Ramirez (25-0, 17ko) for boxing supremacy. The bout could offer the boxing world a second undisputed kingpin of the division and the third over the last two years in the sport!
Former cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk achieved this in July 2018. Also, WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford became undisputed at junior welterweight in August 2017.
Ritson has been on a tear since suffering his lone defeat against Francesco Patera in 2018. Typically, a defeat of this nature versus an unknown fighter halts one’s career, fading them into the background of the sport.
Ritson, however, refusing to let the loss crash his career, would bounce back to enter title contention. Now, 2020 could be the year his hard work pays dividends.
Boxing is a sport of “what have you done lately?” It doesn’t matter if you take a loss, just keep grinding and working. Anyone can be defeated, but it’s what you do afterwards that will define your character!
By: Garrisson Bland