Derry’s loud fans had crammed the Olympia, and you sensed the anticipation and excitement amongst the crowd who awaited the main event.
Derry started to use his jab in round three, but couldn’t keep Marsili off for long and inside he was proving hard to handle, with both looking for the advantage, it got messy at times and heads started to bang together, with the referee breaking them up. It was still there for Mathews, if he could summon something to halt the hard Italian, but he was beginning to mark up bad and showing the battle bruises.
Round six which proved to be the penultimate session of this bloody battle, as well as a candidate for round of the year.
He took an eight count before firing back bravely, but fell over with the momentum of his shot, and a push from Marsili. Dirty Derry now looked to have nothing left and the bell to end what had been a classic small hall show round, couldn’t have come sooner for him.