|Derry Mathews (pic by Stephen Speed – Mersey Gloves)|
Derry Mathews won the vacant English lightweight title on Saturday night, stopping Sleaford’s Amir Unsworth in the 1st round at the Olympia in Liverpool.
Mathews 27, had claimed the International Boxing Organization International lightweight title in his same home city arena in January against Scott Lawton in a tough encounter.
Showing the same confidence, grit and great skills again in this fight to jump on Unsworth from the first bell, never let his opponent breath once he got him in trouble.
Unsworth tried to get back into the fight, but the experienced Mathews didn’t let up, finally stopping his man in the final minute of the opening session in a good performance in this second coming of ‘Dirty’ Derry.
The new domestic champion, who briefly retired in 2009 – Looked like a new fighter and his switch to Oliver Harrison’s gym in Manchester has payed dividend’s for Mathews career, who looks to have been given a new boxing lease of life under the former professional fighters tutor ledge.
Mathews takes his record to 27-5, 13 KO’s and becomes a two time English champion at two weights. He first claimed the featherweight version against Steve Chinnock in 2006 – Before going on to win the WBU featherweight belt outpointing Stephen Foster the same year.
The scouser will hope again, that his second English title can lead to the same opportunities that his first one did and a possible British title fight against champion Anthony Crolla could now be his target.
In fact Crolla is looking for an opponent after Gavin Rees pulled out. of there MEN arena fight on the undercard of Khan vs McCloskey on April 16th in Manchester. With a first round win here and not breaking too much of a sweat, I’m sure Mathews would jump at the chance and would put up a good challenge to the Manchester mans Lonsdale belt going off current form.
Full undercard results from Liverpool’s Olympia to follow