The 'Geordie Golovkin', Lewis Ritson can't get his head around how much he's achieved in such a short space of time.
After challenging Robbie Barrett, for his British title at the time, in October 2017, the Forest Hall fighter has had an immense year, blowing away Joe Murray, Scott Cardle and Paul Hyland Jr to defend the coveted belt outright.
The short-term goal for Ritson was to start taking boxing seriously and with his father in his corner, continue to learn the basics and improve on a fight-by-fight basis.
When promoter Eddie Hearn picked up the phone and offered the 24-year-old the fight with Robbie Barrett, the journey had just got started.
A typical rugged come-forward pressure fighter, Ritson showed how much sting he's got in his shots, in what was a punch-perfect performance against Barrett in front of a large crowd at Manchester Arena.
Almost as predatory as a lion is when hunting its prey, Ritson walked down Barrett and picked him off, showing absolutely no respect for the champion's power.
A former English amateur captain, carrying respected pedigree into the paid ranks, Ritson was always used to the small hall shows and building his profile from scratch.
Now, the Newcastle machine is about to make noise on the European stage when he challenges former EBU title holder before putting himself into the world mix.
In the meantime, and to kick off the new season, Ritson continued his scintillating form, picking apart Oscar Amador in just three rounds on the Amir Khan bill in Birmingham and moved to 17-0 unbeaten.
When is Ritson vs Patera, and what time will the fight be shown?
Lewis Ritson will headline the Metro Arena once again on Saturday October 13, challenging Francesco Patera for the vacant European lightweight title.
Like the majority of Eddie Hearn/Matchroom shows, main event ringwalk is scheduled for around 10pm.
Who is on the undercard?
Following his huge win over Nick Webb, Dave Allen returns to the ring to take on German Samir Nebo.
Rio 2016 Olympian Joshua Buatsi makes the first defence of his WBA light-heavyweight title against Tony Averlant.
- Lewis Ritson vs Francesco Patera (vacant European lightweight)
- Joshua Buatsi vs Tony Averlant (WBA international light-heavyweight)
- Dave Allen vs Samir Nebo (heavyweight)
- Glenn Foot vs Robbie Davies Jr (British & Commonwealth super-lightweight)
- Anthony Fowler vs Gabor Gorbics (super-welterweight)
- Simon Vallily vs Craig Glover (cruiserweight)
- Hosea Burton vs Saidou Sall (light-heavyweight)
- Thomas Patrick Ward vs Tom Tran (super-bantamweight)
- Joseph Laws vs Chris Truman (welterweight)
- Lawrence Osueke vs Charles Adamu (cruiserweight)
- Darren Reay vs Samuil Dimitrov (super-lightweight)
- Chad Ellis vs Angel Emilov (super-welterweight)
- Terry Wilkinson vs Chris Adaway (super-lightweight)
What TV channel is Ritson vs Patera on?
This fight will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action.
Coverage starts on Sky Sports Action at 7pm for the undercard and main event.
While Sky Sports Main Event will go live at 10pm.
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