21st April 2012


Current English lightweight champion Derry Mathews believes he will beat British title holder Anthony Crolla tonight when the two Northwest lightweights meet at the Oldham leisure centre in what promises to be one of the fights of the year.

Locked away in camp with Danny Vaughan, Mathews has trained like never before. He has spent this training camp working in Liverpool with Vaughan, going back with his original coach after a successful stint with Oliver Harrison in Manchester. In between his home gym sessions Derry has spent time in Scotland running the hills and sparring with top fighters there, including Alex Arthur. The camp also spent two weeks in Lanzarote in the sun, pushing Mathews to the limit, for his first shot at Lonsdale belt.

In our ‘Inside Boxing’ series we go inside camp with Mathews and to speak to him exclusively in the ring and hear how he believes destiny will see him become British champion by dethroning the vastly improved Anthony ‘Million Dollar’ Crolla on Saturday April 21 and prove all the doubters wrong.

Full video interview and training footage video above.

By Chris Maylett