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Lewis Ritson (23-2-0, 13KOs) returns to his home city of Newcastle knowing victory over Ohara Davies (24-2-0, 17KOs) will leave him in line for a WBA world title shot.

The city’s Utilita Arena is set to host the affair between the two super-lightweights atop of the Phil Jeffries-promoted show.

Ritson’s confidence has grown with two consecutive victories over Christian Uruzquieta and former world lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin since his tenth-round stoppage defeat to Jeremias Ponce in 2021.

Davies meanwhile has also appeared twice in the last two years with victories in Dubai and Leeds respectively.

The 31-year-old’s career has stalled since his victory over Tyrone McKenna in the MTK Golden Contract Final in 2020 but a win in front of a hostile Newcastle crowd this weekend will leave Davies in the strongest position he’s been in to date.

County Durham featherweight Thomas Patrick-Ward (33-0-1, 5KOs) also looks to kick his career into next gear in a ten-round contest versus Uzbekistan’s undefeated Otabek Kholmatov (10-0-0, 9KOs).

Patrick-Ward continues to hover under the rater as one of British boxing’s best kept secrets but after 34 pro contests the 28-year-old is in dire need of a big fight.

The Briton holds strong rankings with the WBA, IBF and WBO but his awkward style renders a voluntary title shot unlikely.

Kholmatov meanwhile possesses an impressive knockout record but has not fought anyone of note so far since turning pro in 2021.

Former British, Commonwealth and European bantamweight champion Lee McGregor (11-0-1, 9KOs) returns for his first fight in over 12 months against Alexis Boureima Kabore (29-7-0, 8KOs).

The Edinburgh man stepped up to super-bantamweight in his previous outing and runs out again against Burkina Faso’s Kabore before eyeing up title shots later in the year at 122lbs.

FULL CARD:

  • Lewis Ritson (23-2-0) vs Ohara Davies (24-2-0) – Super-Lightweight (12 x 3)
  • Thomas Patrick Ward (33-0-1) vs Otabek Kholmatov (10-0-0) – Featherweight (12 x 3)
  • Lee McGregor (11-0-1) vs Alexis Boureima Kabore (29-7-0) – Super-Bantamweight (8 x 3)
  • Adam Cope (6-0-0) vs Yader Cardoza (26-23-1) – Super-Featherweight (6 x 3)
  • Ewan Mackenzie vs Serge Ambomo (9-40-3) – Super-Welterweight (6 x 3)
  • Steven Cairns (4-0-0) vs Jakub Laskowski (4-21-1) – Lightweight (6 x 3)
  • Ben Rees (0-0-1) vs Konstantin Aleksandrov (10-61-4) – Super-Middleweight (6 x 3)
  • Callum Walton (debut) vs Zdenko Bule (0-5-0) – Super-Middleweight (4 x 3)
  • Syed Shear (debut) vs Cristian Narvaez (17-54-6) – Lightweight (4 x 3)
  • Nathan Forrest (2-0-0) vs Liam Fox (0-5-0) – Super-Lightweight (4 x 3)

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