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Derry Mathews’ Big night awaits!


Liverpool hero and world title challenger Derry Mathews plus Liam Smith, Joe Selkirk and many more, will perform a free-to-watch public work-out at Liverpool ONE on Tuesday 14th April.

The Merseyside stars all feature on the huge Echo Arena show on Saturday 18th April and will show the public how preparations are going for the big night with an action-packed display as they are put through their paces in the ring.

Fans will see all-action Mathews putting the final touches to his challenge for the Interim WBA World Lightweight title against champion Ismael Barroso; exciting world rated Smith takes a step closer to his world title dream when he takes on David Ezequiel Romero for the Vacant WBO Intercontinental Light-Middleweight Championship; whilst undefeated Selkirk makes his long awaited return to the ring and targets a world title fight.

Also putting their skills on display will be the next generation of prospects coming through on the talent packed Merseyside fight scene, including undefeated welterweight prospect Stephen Lewis and the professional debut of red-hot flyweight Andrew Cain.

All boxers will meet with the public, sign autographs and pose for pictures and there will also be a fantastic opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the Echo Arena show and a pair of boxing gloves signed by all the boxers on the show.

Tuesday 14th April

Liverpool ONE – ‘Chavasse Park’


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12noon-1pm: Andrew Cain and Stephen Lewis

1pm-2pm: Ismael Barroso and David Ezequial Romero

2pm-3pm: Liam Smith

3pm-4pm: Joe Selkirk

4pm-5pm: Derry Mathews



Argentine hitman David Ezequiel Romero says he’ll derail Liverpool star Liam Smith from his path to the world title.

Romero faces Smith with the Vacant WBO Intercontinental Light-Middleweight Championship on the line as chief-support to Derry Mathews’ clash against Ismael Barroso for the WBA Interim World Lightweight Championship, live and exclusive on BoxNation.

The 22-year-old from Bueno Aires is in top form after capturing the WBO Latino title with a seventh round stoppage of Luis Alejandro Tejerina only last month and intends on making Smith his next victim as he plans his own route to a world title.

Undefeated Smith, rated inside the top ten of three of the major governing bodies, is closing in on his dream world title shot and although he’s won his last four fights with stunning back-to-back stoppages, knows that Romero is risky fight.

“Right now I’m world rated by the WBO and my aim is to win the Intercontinental Title which would improve my ranking in the world and I’ll be closer to a World title shot, my dream since the first day I entered a boxing gym and nothing, not even Liam Smith, will distract me,” Said Romero

“Smith is a first class boxer but after watching his fights and spotting his mistakes I realise that I can be the first to beat him this Saturday night. The fight plan is all set but I will do all my talking with my fists inside the ring,”

“I’m a true warrior who never gives up and I always want to win. Even though I’m only 22 and have had less than 20 fights I’ve gained lots of experience against all kind of boxers and many times at short notice fighting against the promoter´s protegee. I’ve had some bad decisions but even though I lost them I’ve made it up with experience and Smith will underestimate me because of this. He’s in for a very dangerous and risky fight,”

“It motivates me because it’s the same situation as my last fight against Tejerina who was the big favourite in the fight, but finally I stopped him in the seventh round and won the WBO Latino title,”

“This is a great opportunity for me. I will be fighting for a major title against a top boxer in what will be my first international fight and I will be representing my country.”

Derry Mathews’ challenge for the Vacant Interim WBA World Lightweight title against Ismael Barroso on Saturday 28th February headlines a quality-packed card also featuring: Liam Smith challenging for the Vacant WBO Intercontinental Light-Middleweight title against David Ezequiel Romero; Iain Butcher takes on Luke Wilton for the Vacant British Flyweight Championship; undefeated talent Joe Selkirk, the former WBO European Light-Middleweight Champion, makes his long awaited return to the ring in an eight round contest; fast rising welterweight prospect Stephen Lewis, who’s unbeaten in eight fights, returns to action in six-rounder; unbeaten Middlesborough prospect Josh Leather fights in a six-rounder and hot young flyweight talent Andrew Cain make his professional debut on the show.

Tickets are available from the Liverpool Echo Arena Box Office on 0844 8000 400 or and Eventim on 0844 249 1000 or

BoxNation will televise live and exclusive on Sky 437/HD 490, Virgin 546 and Talk Talk 525. Subscribe at Or watch online at and via iPhone, iPad or Android.

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