Lightweight Lewis Ritson (16-0, 10KOs) won the British title outright after demolishing undefeated Irishman Paul Hyland Jnr (18-1, 7KOs) within a round at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England.
The 24-year-old lifted the roof off the Metro Radio Arena when he entered the ring to Blaydon Races which is a Geordie folk song.
With the crowd hyped up from ‘The Sandman’s’ intro it was time to get down to business.
Ritson was in his normal destructive mood as he walked through shots to floor his opponent three times in the first round before the fight was waved off to the delight of the passionate home fans.
Another young rising star has been born and promoter Eddie Hearn was delighted with his protégés performance. He said: “He’s won the British title in four rounds in three defences.
“We don’t know where this story ends. He doesn’t know what he has got but I haven’t heard an atmosphere like that for a long time.
“European titles, world titles, we dream big. There’s a lot of work to do but we are going to give it 100%.”
Ritson was a welterweight in the amateurs which explains why he is such a monster at lightweight. I can’t see many 135 pounders domestically wanting to step in the ring with him.
Scotsman Ricky Burns was on the same card in Newcastle when he picked up his 42nd victory in 50 professional fights. Burns is not one to avoid anybody so there is every chance of a meeting with Ritson in the near future.
Other candidates are Anthony Crolla and Luke Campbell who would also be perfect opponents that would draw a huge crowd to St James Park.
If you know anything about English football then you know that the Newcastle United fans are the most loyal in the country. So filling the 52,000 capacity stadium would not be an issue.
With the backing of Matchroom boxing and the geordie faithful behind him this down to earth kid has the potential to go to the very top.
The lightweight division is one of the best around today with two pound for pound kings currently ruling in Vasly Lomachenko and Mikey Garcia so Ritson has a mammoth task ahead of him to pick up a world title.
Where Ritson is exciting to watch his North East compatriot Josh Kelly (7-0, 5KOs) entertains the crowd with his outstanding footwork and excellent boxing skills. ‘Pretty Boy’ Kelly became the welterweight commonwealth champion when Kris George (14-2, 8KOs) retired in round seven after a dominant performance.
Kelly has already faced seasoned pros in only seven fights stopping five inside the distance. The 24-year-old is being moved at a dramatically fast pace and is already considered by many as the best welterweight in Britain.
After picking up the commonwealth title he will be knocking on the door of a top 20 place in the world which is pretty incredible considering he hasn’t reached the ten fight milestone yet.
Like with Ritson, Kelly is in another stacked division were some of the very best in the world compete. Look no further than Terrence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr as a guide to the standard he needs to reach.
Two young and different fighters from the North East of England in two of the best divisions in world boxing is something to get excited about. Granted it is still very early days but these two shining stars have an incredible fan base that even Loma, Garcia, Crawford and Spence Jr would be jealous of.