Date: 8th October 2017 at 12:02pm
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On the under-card of the Crolla v Burns promotion, in Manchester, Robbie Barrett was making a defence of the British lightweight title.

Barrett, who had shocked Scott Cardle to claim the title last time out, was matched against Lewis Ritson.

It was to be an enthralling encounter.

Ritson, unbeaten as a professional, started the faster of the two boxers landing big punches on Barrett as the champion was forced back onto the ropes.

Caught up in a flurry of punches, Barrett dropped to the canvas as Ritson imposed himself in some style.

In the next couple of rounds, Barrett tried to get back into the fight and caught Ritson with some decent punches.

Ritson started to dominate matters again in the fifth round and had the champion down on the canvas on two more occasions.

Sensing the victory was almost his, Ritson continued to unleash a barrage of punches and in the seventh-round Barrett was again on the canvas, this time though his trainer, Stefy Bull, threw the towel into the ring to prevent his man from taking further punishment.

After the fight, a jubilant Ritson had this to say,

?I felt a bit sorry for Barrett because I couldn’t really feel his power.

?Scott Cardle and Sean Dodd are two of the biggest names on the domestic scene so I would love to fight one of them next.?

The future looks bright for Lewis Ritson.