Lewis Ritson kept his world title hopes intact with a near-perfect display against Dejan Zlaticanin in Newcastle.
The 29-year-old has now declared that he now wants more “big names” after handling the former lightweight champion with ease.
Ritson won by unanimous decision over the 10 rounds at Probellum Throwdown at the Utilita Arena and he only big fights in front of his hometown fans from here on in.
Ohara Davies had vowed to be at ringside on a scouting mission but changed his plans and wasn’t in Newcastle to challenge Ritson in person.
The Newcastle United fan batted off questions of a fight with Davies, in the build-up, but a fight with the out-spoken Londoner could be on the cards for this summer.
“I’m ready and open to whatever Probellum, Richard Schaefer and Phil Jeffries offer me for my next fight,” said Ritson.
“But one thing is for certain, I only want big names and big fights for these fans in Newcastle. I want to thank them again tonight for their unbelievable support.”
Ritson headlined a stacked Probellum card in Newcastle which also saw Pat McCormack mark his professional debut with a brutal knockout win.
Troy Williamson kept hold of his British super-welterweight title in a classic scrap with Mason Cartwright while Mark Dickinson enhanced his reputation as a top prospect with an accomplished victory over six rounds.
In the evening’s last bout, which took place after Ritson’s win, Adam Cope out-pointed Ezequiel Gregores in a four rounder.
Thomas Patrick Ward 100-90 Alexis Boureima Kabore
Ben Rees R1 technical draw Greg O’Neill
Joe Laws 57-58 Alexey Tukhtarov
Robert Ismay won TKO R4 Christian Adjoufack
Joe Maphosa 60-54 Santiago el Eusibio
Stephen Sayers won TKO R2 Darly Sharp
Alex Farrell 60-54 Konstantin Alexandrov