Geordie favourite Lewis Ritson will headline this Matchroom event against the former IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez for the WBA Intercontinental Super-Lightweight title. Giulio Magliano runs through the card, makes his predictions, and shares his best betting tips.
What Event is this?
Matchroom Boxing: Lewis Ritson vs Miguel Vazquez
Where is the venue located?
East of England Arena, Peterborough England
How many bouts are going to be on the undercard?
Five bouts (Co-Main Event between Savannah Marshall vs. Hannah Rankin cancelled)
Super-Lightweight: Lewis Ritson vs Miguel Vazquez
Super-Bantamweight: Qais Ashfaq vs Marc Leach and Thomas Patrick Ward vs Thomas Essomba
Welterweight: Joe Laws vs Rylan Charlton
Women Featherweight: Ellie Scotney vs Bec Connolly
What time will the event take place?
19:00 GMT on Saturday 17th October 2020
Where can you watch it?
Sky Sports Arena (from 19:00) / Sky Sports Main Event (from 20:15)
Matchroom Main Event – Lewis Ritson (UK) vs Miguel Vazquez (Mexico)
Lewis Ritson (20-1)
Lewis “The Sandman” Ritson has held the British title from 2017 to 2018 and challenged for the European title in 2018 against Francesco Patera, which he unfortunately lost by split decision. After his loss, he vacated his British lightweight title and move up a division to light-welterweight to challenge German Argentino Benitez for the WBA intercontinental title and has defended that belt to this day.
His most recent fight was almost exactly a year ago against Robbie Davies Jr. in an all northern fight that was depicted as “Bad blood”. That fight was considered as one of the best fights of the year!
- Nationality: English
- Born: Newcastle
- Height: 5’10”
- Reach: 70″
- Total fights: 21
- Record: 20-1 (12 KOs)
Miguel Vazquez (42-9)
Miguel Angel Vazquez Bautista, also known as “the puppet” is a Mexican fighter who is tough as nails and fought in three different weight divisions. Vazquez suffered three loss against former world champion Timothy Bradley and current four-division world champion Canelo Alvarez twice.
After these losses, he won the IBF lightweight title in 2010 against Ji-hoon and defended it until 2014 when he moved up light-welterweight to challenge champions there. However, he has not accomplished the same as in lightweight.
- Nationality: Mexican
- Born: Guadalajara
- Height: 5’10”
- Reach: 72″
- Total fights: 51
- Record: 42-9 (16 KOs)
Matchroom Boxing Undercard – Thomas Patrick Ward (UK) vs Thomas Essomba (Cameroon)
The young Thomas Patrick Ward will challenge Thomas Essomba in a 10-round super-Bantamweight contest. After 29 wins, many would’ve expected Ward to challenge for a world title, but he turned professional at 17 having no senior amateur fights. Having made his debut in 2012, Ward has 65 more rounds under his belt and 14 more bouts under his belt compared to Essomba, six years older and two inches shorter than Ward at 5’4″.
Four of Essomba’s 10 wins have come by knockout, the same amount of KOs Ward has managed in his 29 wins. Thomas Essomba believes that he can cause a surprise and hand Ward his first defeat in the ring. However, this is an easy clash for Ward. The County Durham born fighter has stopped two of his last five opponents and should see off Essomba and start to prepare for elite challengers in the future.
Matchroom Boxing Remaining Undercard Fights
Qais Ashfaq is challenging Marc Leach in a 10-round super-bantamweight contest. This will be a tough test for Ashfaq, but I believe will finish Leach with his superb boxing skill.
Joe Laws is fighting Rylan Charlton in a 6-round welterweight contest and I predict Laws finishing the round by early knockout.
The last undercard fight will be the debut of Ellie Scotney, who will challenge Bec Connolly. She was meant to have her debut back in March, but COVID brought her career to a halt and had to return to her B&Q job. She would want to bring an astounding knockout performance on Saturday!
Giulio’s Betting Tips
Stats suggest Ritson has an enormous advantage in power over Vazquez, boosting at 60% knock out percentage. Lewis Ritson to win is 2/15* with Mark Jarvis.
I believe Lewis Ritson will get through this challenge comfortably, but it will not come by knockout. I believe Ritson being the younger and stronger boxer will tire Vazquez out and win the fight by unanimous decision. After this fight he would be ready to challenge best light-welterweights such as former world champion Regis Prograis. Lewis Ritson to win on points is 8/11* with Mark Jarvis.
Thomas Essomba has lost each of his last three bouts, but two of those came by decision whilst he made it to the 12th round against Lee McGregor in York Hall. Thomas Patrick Ward to win in Rounds 9-10 is 12/1* with Mark Jarvis.
*Odds as of time of writing (Thursday 15th October 2020) and subject to change
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