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Lewis Ritson won a controversial split decision over Miguel Vazquez at the East of England Arena in Peterborough to claim the vacant WBA Intercontinental Superlight Title and improves his record to 21-1 (12 KOs)

Newcastle’s Ritson seemed to be struggling to move on to the frustrating 12-round defeat which he then described as a « revelation » Ritson got the nod from two of three judges, one giving the fight 116 -113 to former lightweight world champion Vazquez

“It depends on what you like, doesn’t it,” Ritson told Matchroom afterwards “He was hitting me and running away I was hitting him with the cleaner jabs It was very frustrating to ‘be at the gym one year and face this style

It was probably more awkward than I thought The more the fight went on, the more I was frustrated It was a big eye-opener We mentioned the fight against Prograis, tonight was a little telling that we’re at a million kilometers of this fight

« We need a few more fights like Vazquez, maybe not his style This is what you get when you go up We had a hard job to do I’m improving as a fighter but I have much more to do « 

10 x 3 min British Super-Bantamweight Title EliminatorQAIS ASHFAQ v MARC LEACH UD10 (95-93, 96-93, 96-92) (Leeds) (Salford)

Salford’s Marc Leach earned a chance against British Super Bantamweight champion Brad Foster by upsetting former amateur star Qais Ashfaq, dropping him twice en route to a unanimous points decision in their eliminator ten rounds

“I feel over the moon,” Leach told Matchroom afterwards “I’ve said this in previous interviews, the underdog tag means I have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. well in there Mine, Jamie and Nigel’s tactics worked to a T Happy Days

« I felt like I got in trouble Nigel and Jamie know I have the power behind me We also increased a weight I guess he didn’t know I had this power I believe in myself and it worked Even at my weight, bantamweight, I’m supposed to be next in line for the UK title Whatever the earliest, I’ll gladly take

« I hope after one or two more fights at this level I won’t have to work anymore This is the life I chose I work six to two nights It’s not ideal, but I have children to feed and a family to support Hope this turns into more opportunities for me « 

Joe Laws was knocked out and lost his unbeaten record in a disastrous fight against fan-favorite Rylan CharltonLaws crashed to the canvas three times in a third round erasure

Charlton injured Laws with a bullet in the body in the first rally, then knocked him down with a left hook in the first round The laws never recovered – Charlton did major damage with the second knockdown, then knocked him down landed a massive uppercut that ended the fight in a brutal way

The Benwell Bomber Laws entered wearing his signature Mexican outfit and sporting a perfect nine-fight record, but had the most grueling night of his short career against the Charlton « Pint Size Powerhouse »

“This is what I expected,” Charlton said afterwards “I trained my ass for it No disrespect to Joe, I think he’s a great guy, a great boxer, but he’s a ticket seller He sells tons of tickets to access the positions he holds He’s a good fighter and he’s a very nice guy I trained my ass I can’t really sell that many tickets I’m the fighter I’m just happy I had the opportunity to showcase my skills

« I felt like it was getting a bit disjointed at one point I was trying to stay as calm as possible I saw the opening and stuck it up there That’s all that she wrote I always knew this would be the result I trained too hard for it not to be the result My power was too much

« Pint-sized power all the way! » He’s hugely successful and that won’t be the end of Joe. He’s going to come back It just propelled my career in the right direction Eddie gets this contract, and off we go! Take me out before Christmas « 

10 x 3 min Super-Bantamweight SD Contest (88-85 Essomba, 88-84 Ward, 86-86 draw) THOMAS PATRICK WARD v THOMAS ESSOMBA (West Rainton) (Wolverhampton)

Thomas Patrick Ward survived a horror cut in his draw against Thomas Essomba, but lost his status as the fittest British fighter

The County Durham Super-Bantamweight, coached by Neil Fannon alongside Lewis Ritson at Hartlepool, arrived at East of England Arena with a perfect 29-0 record and both eyes on a world title shot in 2021

But an accidental head clash in round seven of the roller coaster rumble brought the fight to the cards early and the three judges couldn’t separate the rivals

« To be honest it was a close fight, but I knew I was better than him, » Essomba said afterwards. « We had the accident, then the judges decided the result, I have to respect their decision I did not see the head shock I do not know who is to blame

« I’ve had a really long, good camp since my last fight with Sunny Edwards If I had had two or three more weeks’ notice I could have prepared more for Tommy I had a six days notice I know if we fight again the fight will be totally different I will give him a rematch anytime and anywhere « 

6 x 3 min Super-Lightweight KANE BAKER WPTS6 (59-56) v MESHECH SPEARE (Birmingham) (Liverpool)

Birmingham’s Kane Baker inflicted a first defeat on Tony Bellew’s Meshech Speare, beating the Liverpudlian in six rounds

Speare’s crafty left hand twice pulled Baker’s head back in the first 45 seconds Baker wouldn’t take a step back, but his advanced style sometimes played in the hands of SpeareSpeare landed the best punch of a reckless exchange in the last seconds of the first lap

Baker’s determination to plow forward resulted in him getting caught by lead hooks Another vicious brawl broke out in round two and Speare got the better of it Speare made it two rounds after a breathless start to the fight

Baker started to put the pressure on in innings three and four, and suddenly the 30-year-old seemed the most comfortable boxer in the ring.Up close, Baker hit the body and Speare was in second position

Former Midlands lightweight champion Baker was by far the busiest fighter in the second half of the fight and his relentless pace earned him a 59-56 point victory on the table. referee board

“I’m floating,” Baker said afterwards “It’s amazing I’ve been here a few times That feeling of victory is something else When I fought Fiaz two weeks ago my corner was pretty confident that I was doing Tonight they were telling me I was losing every round! Thought I would have won, but you just don’t know

« When I first heard Birmingham I knew then and it was amazing He caught me twice to be fair He caught me with two good punches He will come back, he’s a kid strong Hope it was a good fight for the fans It was a lot harder this time than two weeks ago The two weeks off didn’t recharge me as much as I would have liked It was hard but I was never going to say no to being here I bit the eraser and hardened it « 

6 x 2 min Super-Bantamweight Contest ELLIE SCOTNEY WPTS6 (60-53) vs BEC CONNOLLY (Catford) (Swindon)

Acclaimed Catford fan, Ellie Scotney, shone on her pro debut, edging out Bec Connolly in six innings, dropping the tough 36-year-old in third

Scotney’s quick left hook connected four times in the first minute Scotney’s speed advantage was glaring to see in an impressive and dominating first round

A huge flurry of hooks forced Connolly to his knees in round three With 10 seconds left in the round Scotney landed more hard punches but the bell saved Connolly

Scotney, 22, tried to force the stop, but Connolly of Swindon bravely stood up to his best punches, despite bleeding from a cut above his right eye

Scotney was in total control throughout his impressive debut, but Connolly heard the final bell with the ref giving Scotney a 60-53 win on his card

« Bec is a tough person and she came to fight, » Scotney told Matchroom afterwards. »It was great to share a ring with her She gave it everything She’s a nice woman I feel like I still have a lot of work to do I’m 22 and boxing at the above weight so now I’m going to get down to the weight I should be and can’t wait to get out again

« Rushed a little bit Got a little carried away when I landed a hit I have a lot of things to work on I’m looking forward to knocking out the first It’s been a long time coming I’m going back to the gym on Monday if Adam leaves me I love boxing « 

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