Britain’s Lewis Ritson claimed an unconvincing split-decision points win over Mexico’s Miguel Vazquez to take the vacant WBA intercontinental light-welterweight title in Peterborough.
Two judges scored the contest 117-111 and 115-113 in favour of Ritson, while the other gave it to Vazquez 116-113.
“I think I was getting the clearer shots,” Ritson told Sky Sports. “I was confident that I won the fight.”
But Ritson’s promoter Eddie Hearn thought Vazquez deserved to win.
A post-fight tweet from Hearn, who did not attend the bout because of coronavirus restrictions, read: “Watching from home and felt Vazquez deserved the win there.”
Newcastle fighter Ritson, 27, has now won 21 of his 22 bouts as a professional.