LEWIS RITSON’S dream night time become a catastrophe as Geordie hero Alan Shearer watched his European bid collapse.
The ex-England striker attended his first boxing bout to look at his fellow former Wallsend Boys membership participant combat Francesco Patera for the EBU light-weight title.
However he misplaced his approach after a brilliant begin and was battered and bruised on path to a 116-112, 112-116, 116-112 factors defeat.
Near tears, Ritson stated: “I’m sorry to everybody that got here, he hit me with a bodyshot within the fifth that I couldn’t get better from.
“That bodyshot got here from nowhere and I couldn’t get better. I’m sorry for everybody that got here out and acquired a ticket.
“He was the higher man on the night time, I’ve to return to the drafting board. I make the burden simple sufficient.
“Everybody has touted me to be the following massive factor however I’ve not felt any stress. I’ve to return to the drafting board. I’m too gutted on the minute.
“I can not apologise to everybody sufficient, I really feel I’ve let everyone down.”
Along with his boyhood hero ringside, The Sandman raced right into a three-round lead with a ramrod jab.
Nevertheless it was all downhill from the fourth and the bell saved the 25-year-old within the seventh when it appeared like he could be stopped.
Ritson when into the combat often known as the Geordie Gennady Golovkin after 11 KO wins from 17 however he by no means appeared like stopping the Belgian who was an enormous outsider.
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Ritson busted Patera’s nose at the start of the second round and the blood spread across his face, it looked like another easy win for the belt.
But Patera rallied and peppered Ritson, who never seemed to have a back-up plan once the chances of a sensational one-punch KO slipped away.
Even the raucous Toon crowd roaring for Ritson and the former striker could not turn the tide as Patera racked up the late rounds.