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Davies Jr vs Ritson & Cheeseman vs Fitzgerald Odds & Picks

Dylan Bowker

by Dylan Bowker in Boxing

Updated Mar 23, 2020 · 12:00 PM PDT

Davies Junior vs Ritson
Lewis Ritson and Robbie Davies Jr pits two 19-1 fighters with both looking for their 20th win at the expense of the other. Photo By @MatchroomBoxing (Twitter).
  • Davies Jr vs Ritson goes Saturday, October 19th, at 4:00 pm EST
  • Who will feel the glory of victory when Davies Jr and Ritson lock horns in the main event?
  • Who emerges with the belt when Cheeseman and Fitzgerald step through the ropes?

Davies Jr vs Ritson is at the top of the marquee but the preceding fights are worth noting too. UK Boxing fans have been treated to some great boxing events this month and this is the latest serving of the sweet science across the pond. This card goes at Newcastle Arena in Newcastle, Tyne and Wear. The fistic fireworks will broadcast on DAZN.

Ted Cheeseman looks to defend his British super-welterweight belt in the co-main event feature. Fitzgerald is coming off of a career-best win and is looking to trump that by winning gold in this outing. Davies Jr vs Ritson is a 50-50 title eliminator with bad blood existing between the fighters. It has all the ingredients for a great night of boxing. The odds for each fight and my analysis can be found below.

Davies Jr vs Ritson Odds

Fighter Odds
Robbie Davies Jr +120
Lewis Ritson -150

Odds taken on 10/16/2019

Davies Jr vs Ritson will profoundly shape the future career efforts of both fighters. Davies Jr is no stranger to hardware as he has collected a variety of European, British, and Commonwealth titles.

The lone loss on Davies Jr’s record was a fight where he was competitive and able to drop his opponent in the ninth prior to being halted in the twelfth frame. He also avenged that loss in an immediate rematch by stopping Michal Syrowatka. Davies Jr is looking to jump to the world title level at 140 lbs but must first run through Ritson to do that.

The bad blood that has existed between these two adds an extra layer of enjoyment to the fan. Combat sports fans have demonstrably been engrossed by grudge matches all throughout history. Both men have called each other out after winning fights, there has been a lot of posturing between the two, and the mind games will finally reach a physical closure point on October 19th.

Ritson is no slouch and is a former British lightweight champion. He defended his belt three times with all wins being from some form of an emphatic early stoppage. Ritson since lost Francesco Patera and made the move to 140 lbs for his comeback run.

Eddie Hearn has to be marveling at the promotional handiwork at play with Davies Jr vs Ritson. It’s generating a lot of interest and is a bona fide domestic attraction for the UK market. There’s also an even more localized layer of intrigue as Ritson gets to compete for his hometown fans.

Davies Jr vs Ritson Tale of the Tape

Davies Jr
19-1  Record 19-1
13 Knockouts 12
N/A Height 5’10
N/A Reach N/A
Joe Hughes, Glenn Foot,
Michal Syrowatka
Statement Win(s) Marek Jedrzejewski,
German Argentino Benitez,
Paul Hyland Jnr
orthodox Stance orthodox

I see the former defeating the latter during Davies Jr vs Ritson. I see Davies Jr scoring a unanimous decision victory and putting himself into that world title contender conversation.

Pick: Davies Jr (+120)

Cheeseman vs Fitzgerald Odds

Fighter Odds
Ted Cheeseman +195
Scott Fitzgerald -250

Momentum means so much in combat sports. Cheeseman is coming off of two frustrating, potentially demoralizing efforts. Fitzgerald picked up a WBA regional belt and scored an upset win where pundits and fans alike counted him out. Although some thought Fitzgerald’s success did come from facing an overzealous opponent in Anthony Fowler.

Fowler often repeated before the fight how he would embarrass Fitzgerald, he pursued the finish fervently causing him to gas out early, and Fitzgerald ran away with the fight from the middle rounds until the final bell. Cheeseman will likely have an entirely different mindset than Fowler did.

Cheeseman has gone winless so far in his 2019 campaign with a decision loss and a draw. Cheeseman is looking to make the first successful defense of his British super-welterweight title while also looking for that much sought after 2019 W.  This isn’t to obfuscate the fact that Cheeseman is a talented fighter. If anything, it underscores what an important make or break career moment this is for the European titlist.

Cheeseman vs Fitzgerald Tale of the Tape

15-1-1  Record 13-0
9 Knockouts 9
5’10 Height 5’10
N/A Reach N/A
Paul Upton, Lloyd Ellett,
Asinia Byfield
Statement Win(s) Anthony Fowler and
Craig Morris
orthodox Stance orthodox

Stylistically this looks like it will be a fun fight, on paper. Cheeseman definitely knows how to bring the pressure but Fitzgerald has shown great ability with adapting to pressure like that. Both men have nine knockouts a piece but I don’t think either man notches their tenth career KO on Saturday. I think Cheeseman wins via unanimous decision and puts the first blemish on Fitzgerald’s pro record.

Pick: Cheeseman (+195)

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