Ritson: KO threats are music to my ears!

Lewis Ritson says Jeremias Ponce's knockout prediction is "music to my ears" as he is primed for an "explosive" night in Newcastle. The 27-year-old faces Ponce in an IBF super-lightweight final elimin

Ritson: KO threats are music to my ears!

Lewis Ritson says Jeremias Ponce's knockout prediction is "music to my ears" as he is primed for an "explosive" night in Newcastle.

The 27-year-old faces Ponce in an IBF super-lightweight final eliminator on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports, and his Argentine opponent has promised to end the fight inside the distance.

But Ritson relishes the chance to showcase his destructive power to his hometown fans, with the winner becoming mandatory challenger for Scotland's undisputed champion Josh Taylor.

"Definitely need a new performance," Ritson told Sky Sports. "An explosive performance to get the fans talking again, the way they were a couple of fights ago.

*** FREE FOR EDITORIAL USE ***.Ritson v Ponce Media Day.9 June 2021.Lewis Ritson during todays Media Day
Image: Ritson aims to earn a fight with undisputed world champion Josh Taylor

"It's music to my ears really [Ponce's knockout prediction]. I want him to come forward, I want him to have a go. He's not going to have to find me very far. Let's hope he comes with that attitude on Saturday and we'll be happy.

"I want the fans back in there, bouncing. That's what they're going to get, they're going to get a very good performance from Lewis Ritson."

Croatian contender Alen Babic also returns to action after shoulder surgery with a clash against Damian Chambers.

Thomas Patrick Ward risks his unbeaten record against Edy Valencia Mercado, while Joe Laws can put his first professional loss behind him when he takes on Chris Adaway.

Sol Dacres seeks his second victory at heavyweight against Alvaro Terrero and Cyrus Pattinson makes his pro debut versus Yoncho Markov.

Watch Lewis Ritson vs Jeremias Ponce on Saturday night, from 7pm live on Sky Sports.