Ritson would step into the ring with Catterall when the opportunity arises after the title challenger was controversially defeated by Josh Taylor
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Lewis Ritson has his sights set on a fierce national duel with Jack Catterall as he seeks the world title.
The Geordie star recently signed for up-and-coming boxing promoter Probellum and is aiming for a second straight win since his shock defeat to Jeremiah Ponce. Catterall suffered a controversial loss to Josh Taylor as he was vying for the undisputed crown last month and has now signed for the label as well.
And Ritson is confident he could be thrown into the world-level mix in two more fights. “If the opportunity arises, but we saw on Saturday night that he and Regis Prograis are semi-determined to fight each other after taking on each other’s challenges,” Ritson said mirror fight .
“It’s another tough fight for Jack but he showed against Josh Taylor that he’s up there and it’s a tough fight for anyone. We’ll take on all the challenges, and if the Catterall fight comes along, I have no problem with that.
“Yeah maybe one more fight like this then against a homegrown fighter like Ohara Davies then we will knock on the door. It’s a good time for anyone to be a 140lb fighter, Taylor has made no secret that he’s moving up so there will be four belts lined up so I’m ready to see how it pans out.”
Ritson will return to home soil this Friday when he meets former world champion Dejan Zlaticanin, who has shared the ring with the likes of Mikey Garcia and Ricky Burns. The 28-year-old will try to recover from his second loss of his career after leaving his long-term contract with Matchroom Boxing.
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The former British champion has faced several high-pressure fights during his time on the platform but now feels better positioned to be lifted off the podium as he works his way back to the top of the world.
“I’m enjoying it again and I’ve regained my confidence,” Ritson continued. “Your self-confidence has never really waned, you just have setbacks sometimes. But with Probellum there’s less pressure, while Matchroom put us on a very high pedestal where they wanted us to do this and that.
“Probellum, there was none of that, no pressure and fight after fight. And they said like ‘If you stay with us, we’ll keep putting on the best fights’. So it’s a load off my shoulders to hear that.
“It is extremely important to stay active. One of the reasons I ran lightweight is because I was active. I won the British title straight away with the belt for eight months. Probellum told me they could keep me active, and they have. So it’s about not leaving camp too strong and getting back into training.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/boxing/lewis-ritson-jack-catterall-boxing-26536198 Lewis Ritson faces a showdown with Jack Catterall while the rival has his sights set on the world title