'Imagine Eddie Hearn's face if I KO his man!'

Ritson fights Vazquez on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports at 7pm

By Andy Scott, Jake Meskell, James Dielhenn

Last Updated: 16/10/20 2:15pm

Watch this electric stoppage by Lewis Ritson

Lewis Ritson could be targeted by Ohara Davies who “would love to see the look on Eddie Hearn’s face” if the promoter’s boxer was knocked out.

Ritson fights Miguel Vazquez for the WBA intercontinental super-lightweight title on Saturday, live on Sky Sports from 7pm, and could then be challenged by Davies.

“I have bad blood with Eddie Hearn,” said Davies, a former Matchroom boxer, to Sky Sports.

Ritson and Vazquez contest the WBA intercontinental title

Ritson and Vazquez contest the WBA intercontinental title

Ritson and Vazquez contest the WBA intercontinental title

“My beef is with him. Anyone that’s in [Hearn’s stable at] Matchroom that I can take out, I would love to see the look on Eddie Hearn’s face!

“My beef is not with Ritson, it’s with Eddie Hearn!

“When me and Eddie parted ways I said to myself: ‘I will never box on a Matchroom show’.

“Now time has gone on, I have calmed down.

“I will box on a Matchroom show but only to see the look on Eddie’s face when I knock out one of his fighters.

“That would be my motivation against any Matchroom fighter.”

Newcastle’s Ritson would be one of Davies’ primary targets.

“If the fight got offered to me, I am 100 perc ent open to it,” Davies said. “It’s just business, if it makes sense for him and for me, anyone can get it.”

Ritson’s first-round KO after three knock-downs!

Davies won The Golden Contract earlier last month by outpointing Tyrone McKenna in the final.

Last year Davies defeated Vazquez, the former world champion from Mexico.

“Vazquez is a very good boxer,” Davies said. “He is deceptive, he doesn’t look good but, once you get in there, his footwork is exceptional.

“I’ve never fought anyone with the footwork that he has got.

“He can dodge, he has a good defence.

“He fought Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, the pound-for-pound king, and lost on a unanimous decision! That shows how good he is.

“Old? He isn’t that old. He’s 33.

“This is a 50-50 fight. Ritson is a very good boxer. But he hasn’t got that experience and he hasn’t fought at the level that Vazquez has.”

Sky Sports schedule

Ritson vs Vazquez – Oct 17, live on Sky Sports
Lewis Ritson vs Miguel Vazquez
Joe Laws vs Rylan Charlton
Qais Ashfaq vs Marc Leach
Thomas Patrick Ward vs Thomas Essomba
Ellie Scotney vs Bec Connolly

Usyk vs Chisora – Oct 31, live on Sky Sports Box Office
Oleksandr Usyk vs Derek Chisora
Lee Selby vs George Kambosos Jr

Taylor vs Gutierrez – Nov 14, live on Sky Sports
Katie Taylor vs Miriam Gutierrez
Terri Harper vs Katharina Thanderz
Rachel Ball vs Ebanie Bridges
Jamie Cox vs Jack Cullen
John Docherty vs Jack Arnfield

Povetkin vs Whyte 2 – Nov 21, live on Sky Sports Box Office
Alexander Povetkin vs Dillian Whyte
Conor Benn vs Sebastian Formella