Plenty to look for­ward to in 2019 box­ing cal­en­dar

Sunday Sun - - Boxing -

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.

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