Jeremias Ponce secured a world title shot with the biggest performance of his career in foreign territory.
Traveling to Newcastle, England, Ponce dominated hometown favorite Lewis Ritson and stopped him in the 10th round. The fight, which headlined a Matchroom Boxing on DAZN card, was set to crown a mandatory challenger to Josh Taylor’s IBF junior welterweight title.
The fight opened with Ponce showcasing his power, delivering heavy hands to Ritson’s body throughout the round and backing up the Newcastle native.
Ponce’s power punching did not stop after the first round as he continued to work the body in round and started to mix up his power punches more in the third round, landing a big uppercut to Ritson’s chin. Ritson would start connecting on his bigger punches in the fourth, including a one-two combination upstairs that split Ponce’s guard and backed off the Argentine fighter.
Ritson would get a feel for Ponce’s timing and rhythm and land even more clean punches in the fifth round. However, Ponce refused to slow down his pace and continued to throw big shots in the second half of the fight.
As the fight progressed, Ritson became unable to land anything big that would hurt Ponce or even slow him down. Ponce dropped Ritson in the opening seconds of the 10th round under the weight of Ponce’s power punching.
Once Ritson got back up, a towel that appeared to have come from Ritson’s corner was thrown, but referee Steve Gray ignored the towel and told Ritson to keep fighting. Ponce sent Ritson to the canvas two more times before Gray stopped the fight.
In regards to Ponce’s title future, he will have to wait for some time to see when he’ll have his championship opportunity and against who. Taylor holds the WBA, WBC and WBO titles as well and already has a WBO mandatory challenger in Jack Catterall. Even if Taylor fights Catterall next, there’s no guarantee that Taylor would stay at 140 pounds to fight Ponce.
Taylor has shown interest in moving up to welterweight which would mean vacating all his titles. Ponce would have a guaranteed shot at the IBF title and could face Subriel Matias, who also won an IBF title eliminator on May 29 against Batyrzhan Jukembayev, for the vacant belt.
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