Feature | Jan 16 2015

Derry Mathews: ‘Win the world title and I’m in the driving seat’

Leading the British lightweight charge, Derry Mathews says that Anthony Crolla, Kevin Mitchell, Luke Campbell, Tommy Coyle and Terry Flanagan can reach world class too
Derry Mathews

It doesn’t get much more real than this. I’m fighting for a genuine WBA world title [against Richar Abril] in my own city, in my own yard. It’s massive for me, it’s a massive opportunity. I just want to thank Frank Warren and the team for getting the fight and making it happen for me. I’m over the moon, what an opportunity I’ve got in front of my own crowd.

It’s going to be a hell of a fight. Inactivity might play a massive part. I’ve been active. I’ve been round the gyms doing everything right. I’ve done everything in the last couple of fights right. He hasn’t boxed that often. That might play a massive part but he’s got tremendous skills. He’s the man to beat at lightweight. To be the best you’ve got to beat the best so I’m looking forward to a great night.

I hope he does take me a little bit lightly. I hope he does and I’ll shine on the night and get the ‘w’. But even if he doesn’t take me lightly, I know I’m going to bring my A-game. I believe that my A-game will good enough for his A-game on the night.


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