Liverpool star Derry Mathews will feature on two big shows at the Echo Arena in the coming months when he fights on Friday March 6th before going on to face Richard Abril for his lightweight title on Saturday April 18th.
Mathews was due to face Abril on March 6th, but the Cuban World Champion was forced to withdraw last week after being diagnosed with a viral infection and unable to train, with his team asking to postpone the date.
However, the Merseysider will still fight on the title packed show alongside fellow Scousers Kevin Satchell, Jazza Dickens, Liam Smith, Tom Stalker, Stephen Lewis plus Lancashire hot-shot Jack Catterall.
He will then headline a show on Saturday April 18th when he aims to finally realize his dream of being crowned world champion in front of his home fans when he takes on the reigning world champion.
Mathews’ last fight was in October when he defeated Adam Dinsdale and says he will be razor sharp for Abril come fight night.
“After a nightmare few days when Abril withdrew I’m delighted that he kept to his word and is still coming to Liverpool and defending his title against me. My promoter Frank Warren and management team have worked hard behind the scenes to keep my world title dream alive and I’m really grateful.
“First I’ll fight on March 6th at the Echo Arena, the date originally scheduled for my title challenge and which I have focused and trained hard for and I’ll use it to sharpen up against Abril.
“Then on April 18th it’s the big one against Abril. Like I said before, this is the culmination of my career and the moment I have been waiting for. I will be fitter, sharper, stronger and hungrier than ever before to make sure I win the WBA World title in front of my home crowd.”