Alan Shearer is hoping to help another local lad to take a massive step forward in his sporting career.
Newcastle United fan Lewis Ritson is fighting this Saturday at a sold out Newcastle Arena.
The Lightweight has a European title fight against Francesco Patera and this will be Shearer’s first ever boxing show he’s ever attended.
The Newcastle legend says that a big carrot for Lewis Ritson is that if he keeps on winning, then he could one day be fighting at St James Park.
Ritson will have massive local support on Saturday and Alan Shearer says he ‘Will be the first one to lead the songs when the Blaydon Races comes on.’
A brilliant night ahead and here’s hoping Shearer and the rest of the Geordie support can help carry Lewis Ritson to yet another win.
Alan Shearer talking to Sky Sports:
“This will be my first ever fight that I’m attending so there’s no pressure for Lewis (Ritson)!
“The fans are incredible up in Newcastle.
“If he keeps on winning then a fight a St James’ Park could happen, as Lewis dreams of.
“That buzz when you walk out at St. James’ is special.
“I never really used to hear the singing on the pitch during the game, when you walked out the atmosphere was loud and that’s when I used to soak it all in but when that whistle went it was game time and I was zoned in.
“I used to stand on the terraces as a fan so to walk out and score in front of your own people is that bit more special. That’s the same for Lewis, but he’s knocking people out!
“It’s been interesting to speak with Lewis and understand how much preparation goes in from his training team to study opponents. When I was playing I knew the strengths and weaknesses of the centre-backs and map out in advance how I want the service.
(Shearer and Ritson have a common thread having both played at Wallsend Boys Club as kids, and the goalscorer-turned-pundit thinks the club has played a part in his success – and along with his close bond with his trainer father, could help him stay at the top when he is there.)
“When I was a young boy playing at Wallsend Boys Club it taught me a lot. Lewis played there as well and some of that discipline will have no doubt rubbed off on to his game.
“Having his Dad standing there in the corner for each fight must be a proud feeling for the both of them.
“What I would say to Lewis is the easy part is getting to the top, but the hard part is staying there. He’ll have the money, house, holidays and car. The opponents will know more about him and the level is only going to get tougher.
“It’s not easy and he’ll have to probably come through some tricky moments but he’s got a great team around him.
“I’ll be there ringside and will be the first one to lead the songs when the Blaydon Races comes on.”