Liverpool’s Derry Mathews and Hull’s Tommy Coyle meet at the Craven Park Stadium in Hull on Saturday night, in a Matchroom promoted outdoor event named the ‘Homecoming’ – On the line in this real grudge match, will be the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title.
Both weighed in at;
Derry Mathews: 9st, 8lb, 15oz
Tommy Coyle: 9st, 8lb, 2oz
Mathews, 29, is the former British champion at the weight, he will be facing the hometown fighter in front of 15,000 fans, although a fare few of Derry’s fans will be travelling up the M62 to cheer on the popular Scouser, who always comes to fight and provides great entertainment, fight after fight.
Coyle, 23, is involved in the biggest fight of his young career and with the Hull support behind him and with former British champion Jamie Moore in his corner, is said to be in the best shape of his career and ready to show what he has promised.
Mathews is the older and more experienced of the two but Coyle is confident of claiming the first big win of his career.
The pair have been involved in a lengthy war of words, at the press conferences and on Twitter, in the build-up to the fight and at todays weigh-in again come nose to nose and had to be pulled apart, expect a real war here, these two mean business and something has to give.
Mathews has divided his training camp between Liverpool, Malta and Scotland where his coach Danny Vaughan has pushed him to the limits, including some world class sparring with Ricky Burns.