The third time will be the charm on Saturday when Lewis Ritson and Miguel Vazquez finally do battle for the WBA Intercontinental super-lightweight championship after two postponements.
The main event between Britain's hopeful world title contender and the Mexican veteran, who held the IBF lightweight title from August 2010 until September 2014, was scheduled for April 4 and June 27 only for both cards to be scrapped as the COVID-19 pandemic froze live boxing for several months.
Ritson has won three fights on the bounce after suffering his only professional defeat so far to Francesco Patera in October 2018, and enters the ring almost a year on from his last outing when he scored a unanimous decision over Robbie Davies Jr.
"If I bring my A-game, I'll be too much for Miguel and will stop him," Ritson said.
"I think he's probably a little bit on the slide whereas I'm still on the way up, so we're meeting bang in the middle.
"This is the exact type of fight where I can gain more experience to move to the next step.
"He's been there and done it. We know what he is all about and what he will bring.
"Beating Robbie proved I'm at that European level, now it's time to prove I can go to the interim world level stage with a good win against Vazquez. That will pave the way for more big fights.
"We never take anyone lightly and we definitely haven't taken Vazquez lightly. If I bring my A-game, I'll have more than enough to beat him."
Ritson vs. Vazquez fight date, start time
- Date: Saturday, Oct. 17
- Time: 7 p.m. BST/2 p.m. ET
- Main event: 10 p.m. BST/5 p.m. ET (approximate)
Ritson vs. Vazquez TV channel, live stream
- U.K.: Sky Sports
- U.S.: DAZN
Coverage begins on Sky Sports Arena in the U.K. with Sky Sports Main Event also showing the top two fights — Ritson vs. Vazquez and Savannah Marshall vs. Hannah Rankin — from 9:30 p.m. in the U.K.
In the U.S., the fight is available to stream on DAZN, the global live sports streaming platform. DAZN is also available in Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Brazil and Japan.
Where is the Ritson vs. Vazquez fight?Originally scheduled for the Utilita Arena in Newcastle on the first two attempts, Ritson vs. Vazquez will now come live from the East of England Arena in Peterborough, where it will be fully compliant with COVID-19 guidelines.
Lewis Ritson record and bio
- Nationality: English
- Born: Newcastle
- Height: 5'10"
- Reach: 70"
- Total fights: 21
- Record: 20-1, 12 KOs
Miguel Vazquez record and bio
- Nationality: Mexican
- Born: Guadalajara
- Height: 5'10"
- Reach: 72"
- Total fights: 51
- Record: 42-9, 16 KOs
Ritson vs. Vazquez full card
- Lewis Ritson vs. Miguel Vazquez, 12x3 rounds for the WBA Intercontinental super-lightweight title
- Qais Ashfaq vs. Marc Leach, 10x3 rounds at super-bantamweight
- Joe Laws vs Rylan Charlton, 6x3 rounds at welterweight
- Thomas Patrick Ward vs. Thomas Essomba, 10x3 rounds at super-bantamweight
- Kane Baker vs. Meshech Speare, 6x3 rounds at super-lightweight
- Ellie Scotney vs. Bec Connolly, 6x2 rounds at featherweight