The Champion

Anthony Crolla

Age: 25
Place of residence: Manchester
Weight: Lightweight
Record: 23-2 (9)
Titles: 2006 ABA lightweight title.  British lightweight
Notable wins: Willie Limond (W12),
John Watson (TKO 9) and Andy Morris (TKO 7)
Trained by: Joe Gallagher
Promoted by: Ricky Hatton
The Challenger
Derry Mathews
Age: 28
Place of residence: Liverpool
Weight: Lightweight
Record: 29-6-1 (15)
Titles: 2002 ABA bantamweight title.  WBU featherweight
world title.
Notable wins: Choi Tseveenpurev (W3), John
Simpson (W12) and Steven Foster Junior (W12)
Trained by: Danny Vaughan
Promoted by: Stephen Vaughan
Inside Boxing: British lightweight champion
Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla takes on Liverpool’s Derry Mathews at Oldham
Sports Centre on April 21 in a domestic title fight that has been characterised
by mutual respect on both sides. 
The only bone of contention came when
scheduled referee Marcus McDonnell praised Mathews on Twitter.  The BBBoC moved quickly, replacing
McDonnell with Steve Gray in a bid to stave off any criticism.  Although there was no question whatsoever
that McDonnell, a top class ref, displayed any bias by Tweeting his respect for
the former WBU titlist.  
As Mathews states in this
interview, the official became yet another victim of social media, but his reputation
is beyond reproach.  As is the
reputation of both fighters, they have spoken about each other in glowing terms
in the build-up to this one yet are likely to produce a thriller come Saturday.
By: Terry Dooley and Chris Maylett
Assistant camera: Robbie Nash
A big thankyou to both camps for their sincere welcome and the unlimited access we were given in making this picture.