Lewis Ritson has signed a deal with Eddie Hearn’s promotion company, Matchroom Boxing, in a bid to bring big-time-boxing back to the North East.

The 24-year-old put pen to paper just hours after his impressive British Lightweight  title win against Robbie Barrett, dropping his opponent four times before finally finishing it in the seventh.

Ritson joins local boxer in his signing with Matchroom, hot prospect Josh Kelly also signed with the London based promotional company earlier this year.

Both men will be hoping to feature in a big North East show in the coming years, after fighting on small hall shows in the North East and competing in the amateur game for most their boxing careers.

‘The Sandman’ is the second North East boxer to be crowned British champ this year. Rainton’s Tommy Ward ripped the Super-Bantamweight title from Jazza Dickens in March.



Ritson will be hoping to fight on some of Matchroom boxing’s biggest shows, alongside globally recognised fighters, including Anthony Joshua and Tony Bellew.

In a packed lightweight division, Ritson could face the likes of Sean Dodd and Scott Cardle and even a future bout against Luke Campbell.

Matchroom clearly have their sights set on bringing a big show to the North East, and after their recent successful ‘NXTGEN’ show at the Walker Activity Dome, Hearn will be keen on bringing big time boxing back to the North East.