Liverpool’s Derry Mathews won the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title after coming from behind to dramatically stop a very good Tommy Coyle in the 10th round at the KC Stadium in Hull on Saturday night.
Derry is never in a dull fight and this one lived up to the pre fight hype. Coyle was boxing very well, he was in control of the contest and Derry was finding it hard to cope with Coyle’s quick counter shots. Both were cut and as the fight wore on, gaps were appearing and it was Mathews who took advantage.
You can never right Derry Mathews off, he is one of British boxing’s true warriors of the ring and will go down as one of this eras pugilists, who are revered by his peers, an old fashioned fighters fighter, with a heart to rival the best. While it was a fired up Coyle who was taking the initiative and building up the points, Mathews, bloodied and swollen, was still very much in the contest and stalking, always looking for a different way to get himself back into the fight. Derry had been here before, and his experience at championship level was the key, he bided his time and then found the sweetest of shots, a punch that would have ended many a fight.
While on the receiving end of an attack from Coyle, Mathews exploded with a big left hook that twisted round his opponents head and dropped him hard to the canvas. Coyle from Hull, somehow dragged himself up off his back, but the referee looked deep in his glazed eyes and decided to call it off. What a terrific win for Mathews who continues to defy the odds.
Also on the bill lightweight Curtis Woodhouse scored a 3rd round stoppage win over Joe Elfidh and looked very good doing so. The former professional football player turned boxer, looks strong at lightweight having moved down after winning an English title at light-welter. Woodhouse likes a scrap and is looking for a title fight. He and Mathews are both promoted by Dave Coldwell and a fight between these two could be a possibility down the line, and what a corker that would be!