Liverpool ace Derry Mathews will face Adam Dingsdale for the vacant WBA Continental lightweight championship on the big ECHO Arena show on Saturday, October 25.
Mathews features as chief-support on a stacked title card headlined by Paul Butler’s record-breaking world title challenge against IBF world super flyweight champion Zolani Tete, plus Liverpool favourites Liam Smith, Kevin Satchell and Tom Stalker all in title action.
The 31-year-old has his first fight since defeating Martin Gethin in May to become a two-time British lightweight champion. Mathews perforated his eardrum in the fight and was unable to defend his title against Terry Flanagan so vacated the title to allow Gethin and Flanagan to contest it.
‘Dirty’ Derry is now desperate to get back into the ring and produce a stunning performance against Dingsdale to claim a championship belt and then continue towards his dream of challenging for a world title.
Dingsdale has only one loss on his record to the Irishman Stephen Ormond – who defeated Mathews on points last year – and is coming off two back-to-back wins over Kristian Dochev and Floyd Moore this year.
Mathews is raring to put on a good show in front of his home fans.
“Dingsdale is a good fighter, he comes from a good stable, he’s got a good coach and he’ll be looking to cause an upset in my hometown,” said Mathews.
“I can’t and won’t let that happen. Any losses now would be devastating to my career and with me looking to fight for a world title in the next few fights I need to prove that I deserve a world title shot by destroying Dingsdale.
“If I can’t beat Dingsdale, where do I go? The pressure is on me to do a good job on him because my future and career is on the line.
“He gave Ormond a good run, I believe that if I met Ormond again I’d beat him, but that’s another story. I reckon I could stop Dingsdale, which would be a great result as he hasn’t been stopped yet.”
Tete v Butler headlines the show, plus Liam Smith challenging for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental light middleweight championship; Ovill McKenzie defends his British and Commonwealth cruiserweight titles against Matty Askin; Kevin Satchell challenges European flyweight champion Valery Yanchy for his title and Tom Stalker takes on Chris Jenkins in an eliminator for the British light welterweight championship. A quality packed undercard features undefeated talent Chris Eubank Jr., plusJack Catterall, Steven Lewis, Michael Gomez Jnr, Matty Fagan and the pro debuts of Merseyside amateur stars Michael Joynson and Mason Cartwright.
Tickets priced at £40, £50, £75, £100 and £150 are available from the Liverpool ECHO Arena box office on 0844 8000 400 or www.echoarena.com.
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Courtesy of the Queensberry Promotions press office