Lewis Ritson suffers stoppage loss to Jeremias Ponce in the 10th round in Newcastle

Lewis Ritson’s world title hopes were wrecked by a punishing 10th-round stoppage loss to Jeremias Ponce in Newcastle.

Ritson was floored on three occasions by the relentless Argentine, who became the IBF mandatory challenger for Scotland’s undisputed world super-lightweight champion Josh Taylor.

The hometown fighter endured a torrid evening as he was badly hurt in the opening round, nearly wilting by the ropes after Ponce had dug in brutal body shots.

Ritson had to withstand more stinging shots around his ribs in the second round, while he was briefly buzzed by an uppercut in the third.

Spurred on by his local support, Ritson responded with a big right hand in the fourth, but Ponce shrugged it off and replied with chopping punches in the fifth.


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