Lewis Ritson Moves up to Light Welterweight; Townend Fight Off

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If the weight cut was really hurting him as much as implied, the move up should at least help with his stamina and durability.

But yeah, he's likely to lose one of his biggest advantages in his power/strength.
 
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He is more than big enough to compete at 140,whether he is technically gifted enough to get to world level remains to be seen.

Can honestly see Ritson in with the winner of Davies/Hughes as a final WBO eliminator and Hooker.
 
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“You’ll see a different Lewis Ritson with the extra 5lbs to play with. The power will be more telling, we were surprised boiling down to make 135lbs I was getting good kids out of there in that fashion. But that shows I have natural power, which will only show with the extra weight.

“To be fighting for the WBA Inter-Continental title opens some doors right away with a win. I didn’t want to be fighting in a six or eight rounder just to feel in to the new weight, or fighting at Commonwealth or British level. That’s no disrespect to the lads up in this weight, but I’ve got the British title on my Dad’s mantlepiece so I don’t really want to be going over old ground.

“I’m a million miles away from a World title at the minute, but will be keeping an eye on the Hughes vs. Davies Jnr fight. The European title is something I failed to win, so I would be open to fighting for it down the line if it made sense for all parties.

“Generally, it’s a really open division – I’ve sparred WBA World Champion Kiryl Relikh before and after seeing Maurice Hooker’s last performance I wouldn’t shy away from those if they cropped up down the line. A couple of wins and I could be in the frame which sets me up for a really exciting year.”

 
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Hooker fight is not beyond the realms of possibility but Davies Jr will beat him comfortably if they share a ring.