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Lewis Ritson to face Miguel Vazquez, April 4

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Riston looks to win his fourth straight fight.

Boxing at The Copper Box Arena Photo by James Chance/Getty Images

British junior welterweight Lewis Ritson (20-1, 12 KOs) will be back in action this spring as he’s been scheduled to take on veteran Miguel Vazquez (42-9, 16 KOs) at the Utilita Arena Newcastle on April 4. The fight will air live on Sky Sports.

Riston, 26, has won three straight fights since dropping a split decision to Francesco Patera in late 2018 and most recently won a unanimous decision over Robbie Davies Jr. last October. He says he’s expecting the wily Vazquez to put up a fight.

“He’s obviously been there and done it and got the t-shirt,” said Ritson. ‘’He is a world class fighter who has fought at the very top level of the sport and continues to do so, I need to be on my A game to get the win here.”

Vazquez, 33, has been around the block more than a few times and while once a very crafty fighter that could make good fighters look bad, he’s since had a rough stretch of years that has seen him go 3-4 over his last seven fights. Even still, he’s expecting to put on an exciting fight despite that not being his modus operandi.

“I think Ritson is a very strong fighter and I’m expecting a very hard fight. This fight will be very entertaining and is a good fight for both of us. The fans will certainly leave happy. I think not only in Newcastle but across the UK, fans will be supporting Lewis because they want another champion in the future, but I also want to be a champion again so because of this, I feel this is a really intriguing fight.”

If Vazquez has anything left he could make this real tricky on Riston, but that’s a big ‘if’ and I’m assuming Ritson’s team doesn’t think Vazquez still has it in him still, otherwise this would be a risky fight to take.