Plenty to look forward to in 2019 boxing calendar
WE’RE only two weeks into 2019 and already it’s looking like it could be a great year combat sports wise.
As well as the huge Bellator show on February 9, we have Thomas Ward fighting in a world title eliminator in Kansas on February 15.
And now there is news of three more big shows to bring to your attention too.
First of all is one I’ve personally been hoping would happen and that is the return of Lewis Ritson at the Metro Radio Arena.
While I had no doubt Lewis would return in 2019 better for the experience of his defeat to Francesco Patera last October, I was a little worried that Matchroom would perhaps take him away from the spotlight and pressure of fighting in front of his home crowd where he’s built up a lot of hype.
Thankfully, that isn’t the case and Lewis and Eddie Hearn will be back on March 23.
Although the show isn’t officially confirmed yet, Ritson said he will fight heavy-heating Andrew Townend – likely with Ritson’s British title on the line.
A good comeback fight for Lewis before he hopefully steps back up to a higher level, it also gives our young prospects another big stage to shine on, while also keeping up the momentum that Matchroom built in Newcastle in 2018. What’s not to love about that?!
Elsewhere, Steve Wraith and Phil Jeffries will host their first show of the year at the Dolphin Centre in Darlington on Saturday, February 23 at 7pm.
The Dinner show format will be a four-fight card featuring Middlesbrough fighter John Green who will take on Stevie Quinn in a six round contest. Ellis Corrie from Darlington will make his comeback from injury against Dale Arrowsmith over four rounds.
There will be a debut for Darryl Hall pending medical clearance against Taha Mirhosseini in a four rounder and Steve Cooper, who now fights out of Steve Wraith’s stable, mounts a comeback over four rounds with his opponent to be confirmed.
Tickets are £50 which include a one course meal and are available from all fighters.
Jeffries and Wraith have also announced that there second show of the year will be at Rainton Meadows on March 16 – a week before Matchroom arrive again on Tyneside for Ritson’s British Title fight.