Ritson vs Hyland Jr: Looking at some of boxing's best father and son combinations
By Neel Khagram
Last Updated: 15/06/18 4:43pm
As Lewis Ritson, guided by father Dave Ritson, aims to win the British lightweight title outright, we look at some of the best father-son combinations in boxing.
Dave Ritson and Lewis Ritson
The 'Sandman' burst onto the domestic scene when he stopped Robbie Barrett to claim the strap last October, before destroying Joe Murray and Scotty Cardle in quick one and two round defences this year.
The 24-year-old was initially coached by respected trainer Billy Nelson, before returning to the tutelage of his father, who had guided him to various national titles as an amateur, two years ago.
Enzo Calzaghe and Joe Calzaghe
Based in a small Newbridge gym in south Wales, Enzo and Joe Calzaghe would form one of the most successful fighter and trainer partnerships in British boxing history - remaining undefeated in 46 fights, and winning world titles at super-middleweight and light-heavyweight respectively.
Arguably their greatest night came in 2006, when victory over pound-for-pound star Jeff Lacy catapulted the 'Pride of Wales' to the top of the super-middleweight division. A year later, a points win over Mikkel Kessler to unify the 168lbs division would also see father Enzo pick up the Ring Magazine trainer of the year.
Floyd Mayweather Snr and Floyd Mayweather Jr
Introduced to boxing by his father Floyd Snr at the age of four, Floyd Mayweather Jr went on to become world champion in five different weight divisions and remained undefeated in 50 professional fights.
The 'Pretty Boy' turned 'Money' fighter was predominantly trained by his uncle Roger in the paid ranks, but the latter's ill-health in 2013 saw Mayweather Snr oversee notable victories over Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor.
Kenny Porter and Shawn Porter
Based in Las Vegas, father and trainer Kenny Porter coached his son Shawn to victory over IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander in 2013.
Known for his power and size at the weight, 'Showtime' then recorded a ferocious knockout victory over Paulie Malignaggi before being outpointed by Kell Brook in 2014 to suffer the first defeat of his career and lose his title.
The Porters are currently in camp preparing for a fight against Danny Garcia in August for the vacant WBC 147lbs title after falling short against Keith Thurman in 2016 for the same strap.
Angel Garcia and Danny Garcia
Two-weight champion Danny Garcia was first introduced to the sweet science by his father Angel, who took him to Harrowgate Boxing Club in Philadelphia at the age of 10. A respectable amateur career then followed before the pair decided to work together in the paid ranks.
As a professional, Danny beat Erik Morales in 2012 to win the vacant WBC super-lightweight title before unifying the division by knocking out Amir Khan a few months later. 'Swift' then stepped up to welterweight to claim the vacant 147lbs WBC strap against Robert Guerrero in 2016, but suffered the first defeat of his career to Keith Thurman last year after failing to add the WBA welterweight title.
Anatoly Lomachenko and Vasyl Lomachenko
Anatoly Lomachenko has guided his son Vasyl to become a three-weight king as a professional.
The former Ukrainian amateur boxing team coach famously stopped his son from fighting at the age of nine, insisting he take up ballet to improve his footwork, before re-introducing him to the noble art again at 13. Vasyl would then go on to become one of the greatest amateur fighters in history, finishing with a record of 396 wins against only one defeat, including Olympic gold at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 respectively.
In the paid ranks, 'Hi-Tech' became a world champion in only his third fight after defeating Gary Russell Jr in 2014 for the vacant WBO featherweight title, before claiming the WBO super-featherweight title against Roman Martinez in 2016, and the WBA 'super' super-lightweight strap last month after stopping Jorge Linares.
Jose Santa Cruz and Leo Santa Cruz
Leo Santa Cruz is a three-weight champion and has only lost once as a professional, to Carl Frampton in 2016.
The one blemish on his record is perhaps significant given this was a time when his father and trainer Jose was battling cancer and missed most of the training camp leading up to the fight. However, the Californian-based Mexican overturned his sole career defeat to the 'Jackal' in Las Vegas last year following his father's recovery and presence in the corner on the night.
'El Terremoto' has since gone on to defeat Chris Avalos and Abner Mares twice.
Sean O'Hagan and Josh Warrington
Sean O'Hagan has trained his son Josh Warrington since the start of his professional career.
The 'Leeds Warrior' claimed the British, Commonwealth and European featherweight titles before earning himself a mandatory shot at IBF champion Lee Selby last month.
His father stated in the pre-fight build-up that victory would be "something we've built together" - and Warrington would not disappoint as he outpointed the Welshman in front of his adoring Elland Road crowd to become world champion.
Lewis Ritson against Paul Hyland Jr and Josh Kelly versus Kris George is on Sky Sports Action from 7pm on Saturday night.