In this boxing preview we’ll be picking apart the opportunities for how to bet on Lewis Ritson vs. Francesco Patera to win big. It’s not rocket science to assume the Geordie Golovkin will plough through his Belgian counterpart, so let’s dive into the best markets in this fight preview.
Ritson vs. Patera Preview
The Sandman, Lewis Ritson makes another appearance this weekend when he takes on Belgian contender Francesco Patera. This bout is scheduled for 12 rounds, for the vacant European lightweight title – a belt that is hotly tipped to find a new home in Tyneside.
Ritson has made short of work of reaching this admirable milestone in his three years as a professional fighter. Clocking up 17 wins with zero losses, he has emerged as a surprise package under the banner of Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom promotions.
Francesco Patera returns England for the second time in his career in an attempt to make amends for previously losing on points to Sean Dodd. The Belgian who, outside of that encounter, has only fought on foreign shores twice more and lost on all three occasions. He may have greater ring experience than Ritson but his questionable record of 19 wins and three losses do not paint a positive picture for his chances going into this title fight.
Lewis Ritson vs. Francesco Patera Betting Odds
Every bookmaker worth their salt is pitching Ritson to win as the only viable outcome. His odds to be beat Patera are an embarrassing 1/33, whilst Patera to pull off a shock win are as long as 25/1. It’s a given that the home favourite will claim the vacant European title, so we’ve looked at additional markets where money can be made.
Lewis Ritson to win by KO/TKO
Seven of Ritson’s last 10 fights have ended either in a clean knockout or as a technical KO. What gets us going about the Sandman is he doesn’t rely on his power alone, but relentless pin-point combinations to take his man down. We saw this in effect in his five most recent fights where he administered excellent ringcraft beyond his years to summon the referee to intervene each time. Backing Ritson is win by stoppage is worth a cheeky punt.
Lewis Ritson to win rounds 1-6
The question of whether Ritson ends this fight before the halfway mark truly hangs on whether Patera fancies his chances. European fighters who don’t ply their trade in the UK seldom tend to adjust well to fighting here in front of a booming home crowd. Patera has been in the UK only once before in a bout he lost on points in 2015.
Since then, Ritson has racked up 14 wins inside six rounds, which is why we’re confident in picking this market to explore.
Lewis Ritson to win rounds 7-12
Since establishing himself as a pro, the Sandman has only featured in seven fights scheduled beyond six rounds. Robbie Barrett and Jordan Ellison are the two men to have taken Ritson into these waist-deep waters, although both challengers caved in round seven.
The thinking in backing this market is that Ritson is now being groomed to win at European level and as a prerequisite his camp may encourage him to test out his boxing toolkit over a longer duration, in preparation for harder fights down the line. We saw this happen last week when Daniel Dubois coasted over 10 rounds with the same intentions.
Our Prediction – Ritson to Win, Rounds 1-6
It’s a matter of when, not if the Sandman adds Patera’s scalp to his list of conquests. There’s a steady momentum of hype surrounding the lad from Newcastle which some may suggest could conflict with fans’ expectations for him to become a world champion in the near future. Knowing how well balanced Ritson is mentally, we doubt those external forces will impact on how he goes about his business, in this fight or the next. Media drama isn’t for him.
This is essentially Ritson’s fight to control. Patera isn’t a name that rings out as a man who is likely to set the world alight, hence we don’t expect him to put up much of a challenge this weekend. If the fight goes beyond six rounds – and there’s every chance it could – it will be on account of Ritson putting the rounds in to get a measure on his endurance outside of his comfort zone.