The day after a brutal battle with Jeremias Ponce, in his personal phrases Lewis Ritson considers the referee throwing the towel again out of the ring and what’s subsequent
I really feel so much higher after that than what I did after the Miguel Vazquez battle, imagine it or not. Clearly I bought the end result in opposition to Vazquez however there was all of the stick that I bought with it [because of the decision]. I went out on my protect final evening.
To be honest I believed he [Jeremias Ponce] was going to complete us within the first spherical. He hit us fairly early with a left hook to the physique and almost crippled us. He poured it on and I believed to myself if I can simply survive the primary couple of rounds perhaps he’ll tire himself out. As a result of the second spherical he tried to complete us as properly. He simply didn’t appear to tire. He saved coming and coming and coming. It simply wasn’t to be.
He might have dropped us as many occasions however I’d have saved getting up. The nook had stated to us the spherical earlier than, you’re getting another spherical or I’m going to chuck the towel in. I stated no, no don’t chuck the towel in, allow us to hold going. I’ll have the ability to flip it spherical, I’ll have the ability to flip it spherical. He was standing there. He was taking some pictures himself.
He was successful the rounds however we had been in them. It was simply the physique shot caught us. Perhaps the primary minute and a half of every spherical, we had been beginning sharp however then he’d contact us to the physique and it was simply survival mode. It was taking us half a spherical to get previous the physique shot. Then begin the spherical once more, then begin sharp once more. It was backwards and forwards, backwards and forwards however he managed to catch us in the correct place within the 10th and I didn’t handle to outlive.
I had stated I can flip it spherical, don’t chuck the towel in so when the towel got here in I used to be disenchanted. You seen us flip spherical – ‘what are you chucking the towel in for?’ When the ref let me go on I used to be pleased. I used to be harm however I used to be pleased. I believed I’d try to survive however I couldn’t do it.
I believe the referee made the correct choice. If I had been knocked down with headshots then you could possibly have stated what are you doing however they had been physique pictures and so they weren’t actually, actually sickening physique pictures. It was simply accumulation of all of the physique pictures put collectively by means of the battle that achieved it.
I stated [to Steve Gray] look it didn’t hassle me you chucking the towel again out. I’d hold going. It was a tough evening on the workplace however we’ll come again. In all probability attempting to go a degree that we’re not, attempting to push for world degree. I believe final evening and the Vazquez battle most likely confirmed that we’re not there. We’re most likely a degree down from that however there’s nothing incorrect with that. We might be in some good fights nonetheless.
The crowds up listed below are very passionate, they get behind their fighters. They’ll get again behind us once more, I do know they are going to. A tricky capsule to swallow however we’ll be again. We’ve simply bought to search out that degree that we’re at. World degree’s most likely a bit of little bit of a push too far. However there’s nothing incorrect with being a European degree fighter and combating the remainder of the home bunch.
James Tennyson [who wants to move up] could be a little bit of a humdinger. We don’t knock fights again. We take fights.
That’s one thing that will get the blood flowing. I’ve received the British title outright, I’ve bought that in the home. I don’t actually need to return to the British degree, I’m previous that. Tennyson’s most likely the identical as me, a high degree European fighter however when he steps as much as that world degree, he’s fallen brief a couple of occasions and that’s the identical as us. There’s nothing incorrect with combating youngsters like that. They’ll be good thrilling fights.
We don’t know the way good Jeremias Ponce’s going to be. We might have discovered a bit of tough diamond there. He’s solely 24, he’s knocked 18 out now so a harmful opponent. We’ll see what’s subsequent.