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North-East boxing prospect Lewis Ritson has been rumoured to fight Hull’s Tommy Coyle in the early part of next year.

The fight could even feature back in the region, with Matchroom boxing looking to return with another North-East show.

Ritson, from Forest Hall, signed a contract with the number one promotional company in Britain – Matchroom, after dismantling Robbie Barrett on the undercard of Anthony Crolla vs Ricky Burns.

In his seven round demolition of Barrett, the 24-year-old announced his name on the big stage – leaving promoter Eddie Hearn no choice but to offer him a contract.

Rumours of a fight with Coyle have heated up after Hearn had hinted he liked the fight on paper and with Ritson looking for his first fight as a Matchroom fighter and Coyle looking for his next tear-up, the bout would make perfect sense for both men.

Coyle is also coming off the back of a knockout win over Rakeem Noble and has always been intent on winning the British Lightweight title.

28-year-old Coyle has already challenged for the British title once, but was beaten narrowly by Tyrone Nurse in the latter part of 2016.

There is no doubt the fight for Ritson would be a risky one, but one he will almost certainly think he can win, even in the early stages of his professional career.