Campbell versus Mathews for British bragging rights at lightweight
British lightweight contender Luke Campbell (14-1, 11 KOs) will fight countryman Derry Mathews (38-10-2, 20 KOs) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, on Oct. 15.
Campbell, an Olympic gold medalist at London 2012, is coming off a career-best victory, a decision over former world titleholder Argenis Mendez, and the 28-year-old is excited by the prospect of facing a hostile crowd in Mathews’ home city.
“This is exactly the kind of fight I have been looking for and doing it in his back yard is even more exciting,” said Campbell. “I feel like I am starting to reach the peak of my professional career and Derry has some great wins on his record. I’m expecting it to be my toughest fight yet.
“This fight will engage the British public. I want to entertain the fans and give them the big domestic title fights that can be made. My camp is underway in Miami and I can’t wait for a huge night on October 15 in Liverpool.”
Mathews is looking to get back onto the world scene, having dropped a unanimous decision to WBO titleholder Terry Flanagan in March.
“When I win this fight it’s going to open doors for bigger and better things,” said the 32-year-old Mathews. “The lightweight scene is thriving at the moment and there’s plenty of life in this old dog, believe me.
“Luke has had it all his own way in the pros so far. He’s been beaten by a guy he was expected to beat (Yvan Mendy) and he’s never been in with a puncher like me. He was a fantastic amateur, but the pro game is different and I don’t think that he’s settled in as a pro as he wanted to.
Mathews continued, “I don’t know what it is with (promoter) Eddie (Hearn) and his fighters. For some reason he wants to get me beaten up but it never works. I always get the win. I’m always the underdog against the Matchroom fighters but I come out on top and that’s going to continue.”
Campbell’s clash Mathews comes on the undercard of Tony Bellew’s first defense of his WBC cruiserweight title against colorful Californian BJ Flores, with Belfast star Ryan Burnett defending his British bantamweight title against Liverpool’s Ryan Farrag. Also, Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd faces Gary Sykes and Liverpool favorites David Price and Rocky Fielding are set for action.
Information courtesy of Matchroom Boxing
Tickets go on sale at midday today (Tuesday August 16) to Matchroom Fight Pass members via the following at Stubhub. Tickets are priced at £40, £60, £80, £100, £150 and £250 VIP.
Tickets will go on general sale at midday on Wednesday August 17 via www.echoarena.com or by calling 0844 8000 400 priced at £40, £60, £80, £100 and £150. VIP tickets will be available exclusively from www.matchroomboxing.com
Tom Gray is a UK Correspondent/ Editor for RingTV.com and a member of THE RING ratings panel. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing