Lewis Ritson vs Ohara Davies Tops Phil Jefferies-Promoted Bill In Newcastle
North-East fan favourite Lewis Ritson (23-2, 13 KOs) and London’s controversial Ohara Davies (24-2, 17 KOs) will collide on Saturday, 25th of February at the 9,000-capacity Utilita Arena in Newcastle, England.
Britain’s unbeaten Thomas Patrick Ward (33-0-1, 5 KOs) and US-based Uzbekestani Otabek Kholmatov (10-0, 9 KOs) will meet in a WBA-ordered final eliminator at Featherweight on the undercard.
Ward and Kholmatov are respectively the #1 and #2 ranked boxers for newly-crowned champion Leigh Wood‘s world championship. Wood defends his title against Mexican dangerman Mauricio Lara on Feb 18 live on DAZN.
Whoever emerges victorious between Wood and Lara will be expected to make a mandatory defence against the Ward-Kholmatov winner.
The Uzbek turned professional just 15 months ago and has already accumulated ten professional outings. Kholmatov fought nine times in the last five months of 2021 and had just one bout in 2022 – a dominant 12-round decision win over 14-0 Andranik Grigorian.
Ward has been a professional for over ten years but still hasn’t fought for a world title despite being undefeated in 34 outings including a win over IBO champion Jazza Dickens. Ward, who is now represented by Probellum, will look to capitalise against an inexperienced professional in Kholmatov and secure his much-awaited world title chance.
Former European, Commonwealth and British Bantamweight champion Lee McGregor (11-0-1, 9 KOs) will fight for the first time since a controversial and disappointing draw against Argentina’s Diego Alberto Ruiz in Feb 2022.
The Scotsman returns to the ring against Burkina Faso’s Alexis Boureima Kabore (29-7-0, 8 KOs) as he moves up to Super Bantamweight.
Steven Cairns (4-0) faces Argentina’s Ezequiel Gregores (3-12) and Ben Rees (0-0-1) returns to the ring against Robbie Chapman (10-24-2).