Derry Mathews will enjoy home support as he takes on 2012 Olympic champion Luke Campbell on October 15 Liverpool Echo arena. The fight which has caused equal measures of surprise and intrigue is part of the bill for Tony Bellew Vs BJ Flores WBC cruiserweight world title fight.
Mathews a fifty fight veteran believes his rugged determination, experience and power will be enough to dethrone the slick Olympian.
“Luke has had it all his own way in the pros so far, he’s been beaten by a guy he was expected to beat and he’s never been in with a puncher like me and someone that’s going to take him into deep waters. He was a fantastic amateur but the pro game is different and I don’t think that he’s settled in as a pro as he wanted to.
“Luke will experience things he’s never faced before and I believe I can beat him otherwise I wouldn’t have taken the fight. People might look at my age and the number of fights I’ve had, but I still feel fresh and I live the right life, and I’m prepared to dig deep and do what I need to get the win.”
The twenty eight year old can expect a hostile reception but this does not seem to faze him:
“This is exactly the kind of fight I have been looking for and doing it in his back yard is even more exciting,”
The man from Hull despite being dropped in his last outing by former IBF world champion Argenis Mendez, is certainly the on form fighter.
Since losing a tight decision to Yvan Mendy, the young fighter has gone to great lengths to rectify any weaknesses in his game, including training in Miami with new trainer Jorge Rubio. The changes have helped him bounce back from defeat claiming the Commonwealth and WBC Silver Lightweight titles in quick succession.
Of course you can never right off Derry the former Interim WBA world lightweight champion.The Liverpudlian has power in both hands and has been known to pull off the knockout when he really needs to (just ask Tommy Coyle). In his last outing to the Echo Arena he was widely outpointed for the WBO lightweight title by fellow Englishman Terry Flanagan. He will be looking to put this right and stamp his authority back on a lightweight division thriving in the UK.
This is a fight that has everything, puncher vs boxer, tenacity vs skill, experience vs talent. Ultimately however Luke Campbell should be too nimble quick and skillful for Derry Mathews who looked much older than his thirty two years in his last fight. Though the ‘Golden Boy’ will have to keep his wits about him to avoid being the next Mathews/Matchroom curse:
“I don’t know what it is with Eddie [Hearn] and his fighters. For some reason he wants to get me beaten up but it never works! I always get the win. I’m always the underdog against the Matchroom fighters but I come out on top and that’s going to continue.”