Jeremias Ponce. Picture by Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Not too way back, Jeremias Ponce was thought of one in every of Argentina’s more than likely to succeed. A younger, tall, unbeaten fighter with clean boxing abilities and respectable energy. A couple of bumps on the highway later, he’s nonetheless up there in an elite group of fighters with large probabilities of success sooner or later, however not with out one or two asterisks in his report.
And on this Saturday, June 12, Ponce (27-0, 17 KOs) could have the prospect to show simply how a lot his critics had been unsuitable when he faces Lewis Ritson (21-1, 12 KOs) in a remaining eliminator for the IBF junior welterweight belt on the Eagles Group Area in Ritson’s hometown of Newcastle, England (Sky Sports activities within the UK, DAZN within the U.S.).
It won’t be Ponce’s first foray into enemy territory. In September 2019, he traveled to Germany to face Rico Muller for a minor title belt within the Verti Music Corridor at Friedrishchain, and emerged with a useful win that propelled his picture, dominating his powerful opponent and gaining an enormous measure of confidence that may definitely assist him on this upcoming battle, the primary one in additional than 18 months to function a stay viewers for Ponce.
“My expertise overseas helps me so much, and I will probably be relaxed in that regard. It was a tricky battle that helped me achieve plenty of confidence,” Ponce stated throughout a phone interview from the seat of his aircraft as he was leaving for Europe. “I really feel actually good for this battle, and the coaching was higher than in my earlier fights. I didn’t have any issues to journey or discover sparring companions.”
This time, Ponce will want all of the mojo he can conjure towards Ritson. In Mueller, Ponce discovered a foe prepared to commerce leather-based and show himself in entrance of his countrymen. If “The Sandman” Ritson gives the identical stage of opposition, the fireworks will certainly be there.
And if Ritson finds it extra handy to let Ponce do the laborious work and look ahead to a mistake, Ponce claims he’s prepared for him as effectively.
“I noticed Ritson’s fights,” stated Ponce. “He’s a quick boxer who likes to combine up his punches, it’s going to be an excellent battle. I’ll simply see the way it goes, however I’m as able to assault as I’m to counterpunch.”
Ponce’s skill to adapt to any state of affairs must be thought of one in every of his fundamental property. He did simply that in his final bout, when he confronted perennial trialhorse Jonathan Eniz in Argentina. After being dropped within the third spherical and discovering himself in bother all through the bout, Ponce fought his method again to a detailed unanimous determination win during which he needed to dig deep into his bag boxing abilities to develop into victorious.
Beforehand, he was the beneficiary of a hasty stoppage win in a battle he was dominating extensively towards Ruben Lopez, in what was Ponce’s first battle beneath the Chino Maidana Promotions banner, one of many first playing cards that passed off in Argentina beneath COVID-19 protocols in a drive-in theater. Nevertheless it was earlier than that (in April 2019, 5 months earlier than his battle towards Mueller) that Ponce had his hardest take a look at up to now when he was rewarded with a break up determination win over Leonardo Amitrano in a South American title battle. In a foul-infested, back-and-forth slugfest, Ponce was given the advantage of the doubt in a battle that many observers believed Amitrano had gained. A lot so, that the Argentine Boxing Federation mandated a direct rematch (which might by no means materialize).
It’s, maybe, the conjunction of this doubtful factors win coupled with Ritson’s controversial break up determination win towards Mexico’s Miguel Vazquez in Peterborough again in October 2020 what makes this battle so intriguing. Ritson himself expressed these emotions in a latest interview, and so did Ponce on this one as effectively.
“I share his opinion! He’s proper, it gained’t be a straightforward battle for any of us two. We each need to win,” stated Ponce, who additionally went so far as dismissing Ritson’s constructive feedback about Ponce’s model. “I don’t care a lot about different folks’s opinions, no matter whether or not they’re good or unhealthy. I take them with a pinch of salt,” he stated.
With the result of this bout figuring out who enters the highest tier of the talent-laden 140-pound championship image, and with Scotland’s Josh Taylor proudly owning all 4 of the out there main belts, the probabilities of both Ponce or Ritson getting access to a title battle hinge on Taylor both abandoning one in every of his belts or digging down deep into the rankings for a future title protection. Ponce bets on both one (or extra) of these situations in his quest to develop into Argentina’s subsequent champion.
“I’d like to battle Taylor, that might be a dream. There are rumors that he will probably be making the bounce to a different division, although. If I do win this battle I will probably be able to battle anybody on the identical stage, anyway. Any opponent that they put in entrance of me will probably be wonderful.”
Additionally showing on this card:
Patrick Ward (29-0-1, 4 KOs) vs. Edy Valencia (17-5-6, 5 KOs), 10 rounds, featherweights.
Cyrus Pattinson (debut) vs. Yoncho Markov (4-2, 2 KOs), 6 rounds, junior middleweight
Alen Babic (6-0, 6 KOs) vs TBD, heavyweights
Ellie Scotney (2-0) vs. Vanesa Caballero (4-9-3), 8 rounds, feminine junior featherweight
Solomon Dacres (1-0) vs. Alvaro Terrero (5-11-2, 3 KOs) 6 rounds, heavyweights
Joe Legal guidelines (9-1, 5 KOs) vs. Nestor Maradiaga (9-10-2, 5 KOs), 6 rounds, welterweights
April Hunter (3-0) meets Hungary’s Klaudia Vigh (3-27-1, 2 KOs), 6 rounds, feminine welterweights