After nearly a decade as a professional fighter, making his debut as a fresh-faced 19-year-old with a one-round knockout of Sergei Tasimov at the Guild Hall, Preston, in 2003, Derry Mathews is ready to sign off in style, promising a final year to remember.
Tony Bellew will return to the ring in his home town of Liverpool in March, in a 12-round contest at the ECHO Arena.
Former British lightweight champion Anthony Crolla is the new English champion, taking the title from 22-year-old Heywood-based puncher Kieran Farrell in a tense, barnstorming ten-round contest at Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester.
Former world title challenger Tony Thompson is believed, by David Price’s team, to be the man to test the 29-year-old British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion.
David Price once again sent shockwaves through the heavyweight division with a devastating two-round stoppage of 45-year-old Matt Skelton to retain his British and Commonwealth heavyweight belts at Aintree Equestrian Centre.