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  Ritson vs. Vazquez & Undercard
Launch Press Conference Quotes

Eddie Hearn:

"Itís a pleasure to be back in Newcastle and itís fair to say that you guys here today and especially the man to my right have revolutionized the boxing scene here. Itís going to be nearly two years when we return on April 4 since Lewisí first big fight there against Paul Hyland and we witnessed a great performance from him that night.

"The Patera loss was one that made him as a fighter but at the time took the wind out of the sails and we wondered if we would be able to go on from there and claim this city as a major fight night location for Sky Sports.

"Lewisí last fight against Robbie was a brilliant fight and a great occasion in what is remembered as a Fight of the Year contender. Boxing in Newcastle has become an experience now with fans wanting to be a part of the atmosphere that is created in the arena on fight night. Lewis has become a major draw in British boxing and thatís what itís all about.

"Miguel Vazquez is a great fighter, a former IBF World Champion who is smart and has a style which is very tough to beat. He is on the hunt to become a two-weight World Champion and that begins on April 4.

"When we look down the card, Kash Farooq is one of the best young fighters to come out of Scotland for a long time, Wardley against Vallily is a great Heavyweight match-up for the English Title and Thomas Patrick Ward is I believe the hidden gem of the North-East.

"Thomas is bang on the verge of challenging for a World Title, currently ranked #3 in the world and he is a great talent who has gone under the radar. With a victory on April 4 I believe that he will secure a fight for the World Title this summer.

"Savannah Marshall will challenge for the WBO World Light-Heavyweight crown and she has picked the right time to come forward. She challenges Peres in Newcastle and for me womenís boxing is at an all time high right now. Savannah steps out of her comfort zone to take on a World Champion and the North-East has a chance to crown another World ruler on April 4."

Lewis Ritson Ė Newcastle, England Ė 20-1, 12 KOs Ė fighting Miguel Vazquez in a 12 round Super-Lightweight contest:

"This will be a very hard fight but I feel if I get through this we will have three World Champions in the North-East in me, Tommy and Savannah.

"He can do a bit of everything and heís proved that as a World Champion. He was a champion for a long time but I know Fanno will put together a solid gameplan and we will come away with the win.

"This is the sort of fight that I need for the experience to get to that next level. I showed that against Robbie Davies Jr and I will show this again and bring back some big nights to the North-East.

"Itís not just Newcastle itís the whole North-East. As long as the fighters on the undercard keep winning and the main event keeps winning then we will continue to bring great nights here in what I think is the best atmosphere in the country.

"I will be very tough to beat in the arena and Vazquez will feel like he is fighting two people in there with the noise levels. Itís a great time for the division and Iím confident that I am more than capable of beating any of them, Iíll get Vazquez out of the way and then I want that World Title shot."

Miguel Vazquez Ė Guadalajara, Mexico Ė 42-9, 16 KOs Ė fighting Lewis Ritson in a 12 round Super-Lightweight contest:

"Thanks for the invitation to come here, itís always great to be in the UK because I feel at home here.

"I would really like to kickstart my career here so I can open some doors and have a good end to my professional journey.

"I would love to become World Champion again and beating Lewis Ritson is the first step in achieving that goal. Lewis Ritson is very tough and a great fighter and I expect a great fight on April 4."

Savannah Marshall - Hartlepool, England - 8-0, 6 KOs - fighting Geovana Peres for the WBO Light-Heavyweight World Title:

"I just want to say thanks for the opportunity, Eddie, Matchroom and MTK. Just for the chance to box for a World Title in Newcastle, even if it is at the weight above, Iím jumped at the chance. Sheís a reigning, defending World Champion. Sheís a weight above so I know she can whack. Sheís a Brazilian-born adopted Kiwi, so that just screams toughness.

"These are the challenges that I want. Women can go up and down in the weights because there arenít that many women about. This is just the start for me and Iím hoping to become a World Champion on April 4th in Newcastle.

"Iíve got the height there for Light-Heavy, Super-Middle and Middle. Iím strict with myself and I train hard. That does allow me to go up and down the weights. Iím comfortable at Middle, Iíve never been a true Super-Middle. I know I can hold the weight and do it properly. Iím looking forward to this one."

Thomas Patrick Ward - West Rainton, England - 29-0, 4 KOs - rated no.3 at Super-Bantamweight with the WBO:

ďI believe Iím right in line for a World Title shot this year. Iím excited to get out and get a good win on April 4th. The division is there for me. Thereís some good champions in the weight but I believe Iím the best of the lot.

"Iíve been flying under the radar for some time like you said and I believe that Iíve got the skills to beat anybody. Anybody that steps in the ring with me have only got a chance of beating me by knocking me out, and my chin is perfect so I believe Iím the best in the division and I will show it.

ďTheyíre all great champions in this division. Like I said, I believe I am the best. My skills will be too much for them. Iím not saying itís going to be an easy night, not one bit, but Iíve got a full bag of tricks and people wonít realise how good I am until the champions are in the ring fighting me.Ē

Joe Laws - Benwell, England - 8-0, 4 KOs:

ďYou alright Eddie? Iíve made the poster this time. Iím feeling good, camp has been going well. Iím moving down in weight; Iím feeling better and stronger in the gym. The last two arena shows have been amazing. The atmosphere we bring is special and I canít wait for it.

ďMy previous fights were like 148 and 147lbs, 150 some of them, so Iím going to move down slowly. Iím fighting two weeks on Saturday, one fight at 142 and then Iíll just keep bringing myself down until next year when Iím 135 and I believe at that weight Iíll be a proper handful.

ďIím on six rounds now. Later this year Iíll do a few eights, test the waters and all that, and next year Iíll be ready for them titles. Devin Haney is one of the main reasons that Iíve moved down to 135, people having been saying Ďwhatís the point in calling someone out when youíre a different weightí? So I thought Iíd get to 135, put some wins together, up the rounds, and if he wants to step up then come to Newcastle. Letís get it on.Ē

April Hunter - Wallsend, England - 2-0:

ďWomenís boxing is in an amazing place at the moment. I watched Terri over the weekend and I thought she looked amazing. I feel like the hype for womenís boxing has grown and Iím just happy to be a part of it. I canít wait for Savannah to get a World Title on April 4th

ďIím not going to go looking for the stoppage. Iím going to try and pick my shots a bit better. These journeymen fighters know how to survive donít they so the more I go looking for it the harder itíll get so I think Iím going to be a lot more relaxed and composed. Iíll show my boxing skills a lot more in this one.Ē


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