Getting To Know Francesco Patera
By Michael Richards
This Saturday sees Lewis Ritson take on former European Lightweight Champion, Francesco Patera in front of a bumper crowd at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle. The “Sandman’s” Belgian opponent comes across to the UK having never been stopped and looking to upset the odds against the home town favourite. We caught up with him, to find out a bit more about the man and his thoughts on the fight this weekend.
How did you first get into boxing?
“I was about 6-7 years of age when I first started. My brother was a boxer and my dad liked the sport too, so it was something that was already in the family.”
Who is your boxing inspiration (past or present) and what do you specifically like about their style?
“I watch and have watched a lot of fighters. I’m a (Floyd) Mayweather fan. I liked his fighting style and his smartness in the ring.”
Who has been your toughest opponent to date and why?
“My fight with (Yvan) Mendy was the hardest fight to date I think. It was 12 rounds of high pace fighting and he was very solid and smart throughout the fight.”
Lewis Ritson has made a huge name for himself on the back of his recent destructions to win the British Lightweight Title outright. What aspects of his style of you most impressed by?
“Ritson is a very good fighter. He puts a lot of pressure on his opponents during the fight. He probably hits hard as well (judging by his previous performances). After the fight I will be able to say what impresses me about him.”
What do you hope to achieve in boxing after this fight, win, lose or draw?
“Of course, I am only thinking about winning the fight. After that I just want to keep going and chase my dream to fight for a world title and when I get that chance, win it.”
You can see how Francesco gets on against Lewis Ritson this Saturday live on Sky Sports Action from 7pm.