Unbeaten Barnsley Super Middleweight puncher Callum Simpson (9-0, 7 KOs) will challenge for his first professional title on Saturday, October 1 at the Oldham Leisure Centre, Oldham. The 25-year-old Simpson will meet Kieran Farrell managed, Bury’s Ben Ridings (5-2) for the Central Area Super Middleweight Title over 10 rounds.
Simpson vs Ridings will serve as the main event of a ‘Maree Boxing‘ promotion. More fights will be added to the card in due course. The Barnsley boxer is a highly rated prospect and he finally gets the big step up many have been waiting for.
Callum Simpson vs Ben Ridings: Fight Breakdown
Simpson is notably a massive puncher who has won his last 7 fights all by knockout. Four of those victories have come inside one round. There has been a real struggle to match Simpson and he has not had as many rounds as he would’ve wished. Simpson blasts out opponents with relative ease, even durable journeymen like Lewis Van Poetsch and Michal Gazdik can’t live with the ferocity of Callum Simpson. Poetsch rated Simpson in the same bracket as Zach Parker and Lerrone Richards – in the top 3 he has ever shared the ring with.
Ridings has never been dropped or stopped in his seven-fight pro career even while accepting fights at weights much higher than his desire. Riding’s first professional defeat came on a Matchroom show behind closed doors in November 2020 to Jez Smith (11-2-1). Ridings had only three fights at the time showing a real intent to get in with the toughest opposition available. Last time out, Ben Ridings suffered a 78-74 competitive points defeat to Liverpool Light Heavyweight Thomas Whittaker Hart (6-0).
A stoppage win from Simpson would be very impressive especially since the fight is at a 168-pounds and Ridings has gone the distance with a good 175-pounder in Whittaker Hart who never really troubled Ridings. The Bury away fighter will feel that his experience at a significantly higher level will give him the edge though and if he can take Simpson past three or four rounds, it could be a very interesting fight.