On Saturday September 21 at the Olympia in Liverpool, "Dirty" Derry Mathews (33-8-2, 18KOs) will make the first defence of his Commonwealth lightweight championship against former professional footballer Curtis Woodhouse (19-5, 13KOs).
Matthews, the former British lightweight champion, won the vacant Commonwealth title in July with a stunning win over Tommy Coyle. The man from Liverpool had lost virtually every round heading into the 10th when he suffered a cut on his left eyebrow. Mathews was beginning to look on the verge of being stopped in that 10th round when he landed a lovely left-hook flush Coyle's chin, leaving the man from Hull unable to beat the count.
Woodhouse is an ex-English light welterweight champion who has won his last 2 fights via knockout following the disputed loss of his title to Shayne Singleton in March this year. Woodhouse dropped down a division to lightweight following that defeat to Singleton and with the two KOs he has produced since, has earned himself this title shot at Mathews.
The former Sheffield United and Birmingham City player decided to hang up his football boots and pick up the boxing gloves in 2006 and, despite returning to football on a part-time basis after just one professional boxing match, has slowly but surely developed into a decent domestic-level boxer.
Mathews will be a big favourite going into this one as he has mixed at a much higher level to that of the man from Driffield, I do expect a win for Matthews and probably by KO.
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