Advertisement
Advertisement

Emiliano Marsili Stops Derry Mathews in Bloody IBO Battle

By Phil D. Jay

Undefeated Italian Emiliano Marsili (24-0-1, 10KOs) is the new IBO lightweight champion after a brutal battle with home fighter Derry Mathews (29-6-1, 15KOs) at the Olympia in Liverpool.

The 36 year-old, who had just one draw in 24 previous contests, stopped the former WBU featherweight champion in seven rounds to claim his first world title in a toe-to-toe scrap on Merseyside.

Mathews, 28, went into the bout on the back of a draw with European title holder Gavin Rees, in which he broke his nose after a headbutt and it wasn’t long before the nose injury reoccurred, hampering him for the rest of the fight.

A blistering start by Marsili had left Mathews bewildered and it wasn’t until the third round that the Liverpudlian realized that he was in trouble. Mathews got off with a couple of flurries but didn’t discourage Marsili from coming forward at every opportunity.

Every shot from Marsili that hit Mathews’ nose was met with not only a wince from Mathews, but from the Liverpool crowd as the venue sensed that the Italian champion had enough to take home the belt.

A double uppercut in the sixth was painful enough to watch but followed by a left hook to the body, it sent the bloodied crowd favourite to the canvas and the writing was on the wall from then on as Mathews had a cut open up on his left eye to add to his woes.

Referee Marcus McDonnell assessed Mathews through the early stages of the seventh round and after two solid shots to his nose, called the bout off to crown Marsili a worthy champion and left Mathews with a difficult decision on his next move.

Phil D. Jay covers boxing for worldboxingnews.net

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by lutenco on 01-21-2012

tremendous fight,round 3 a KD robbed and round 6 candidate for round of the year..wowwwwwwwwwww great great fight!!!MARSILI is very good...

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Andre Berto Targets Danny Garcia: I Want To Make a Statement! "Fighting Words" - The Revolving Door and Boxing's Changing Faces Mayweather Continues To Push a McGregor PPV With Poster Gervonta Davis is Set To Face Mario Rorozco on Barthelemy-Bey Photos: Orlando Salido Arrives in LA For Francisco Vargas War Mosley Tabs Porter Over Thurman: He Has Better Chin, Endurance Hearn: Badou Jack-Callum Smith is The Fight We're Pushing For Mares: Don't Rule Out Possibility of Cuellar Getting Knocked Out! Deontay Wilder's Handlers Reach Out To Alexander Ustinov Kosei Tanaka Stops Rene Patilano in Six Rounds in Nagoya, Japan Video: Shane Mosley Jr. Reflects on Win, The Future, More Tony Bellew: I'll Face That Bitch David Haye on That Joker Channel! Denis Shafikov, Joel Diaz Jr. To See Action on June 11 in El Monte Tony Bellew Gets Off The Deck, Brutal KO of Makabu For WBC Belt Video: David Avanesyan, Trainer Talk Win Over Shane Mosley Stephen Smith, Sean Dodd, Scott Fitzgerald All Victorious Video: Roberto Duran on Mosley Defeat To Avanesyan David Avanesyan Will Be Ringside To Scout Thurman vs. Porter Callum Smith Stays on Course For Title Shot, Get TKO in Six Ricky Burns Ready For Revenge on Crawford, Broner Showdown Video: Shane Mosley Talks About Loss To David Avanesyan David Price Returns in Style With Quick Knockout Victory Holyfield Believes Anthony Joshua Could Break Marciano's Record Bellew vs. Makabu LIVE Results From Goodison Park Frank Warren Questions Hearn's Position on Joshua vs. Haye James DeGale's Coach Confident: Badou Jack is Tailor-Made For Us Hearn: Eubank is Bigger UK Fight For Golovkin Than Saunders Golovkin's Coach: Only GGG Fight Brings Mayweather 100 Million! Bellew: I'll Fight That Bitch David Haye, He's Degrading Boxing! Photos: Ricky Burns Makes History, Blasts Di Rocco For WBA Belt Bellew vs. Makabu: Sean Dodd Looks To Enter The World Scene Viktor Postol Motivated By Underdog Role Against Crawford Arum: If Mayweather Wants Pacquiao, Let Him Come To Manila Haumono Saw Flaws, Believes He Will Chin Check Joseph Parker Glowacki Hopes To Get Usyk To Poland, Then Wants Lebedev Avanesyan Ends Shane Mosley, Secures Thurman-Porter Shot Vazquez Outpoints Bone, Eyes Future Clash With Adrien Broner Gabe Rosado Not Looking Past Gutierrez To Chavez Jr. Showdown Shane Mosley Jr. Edges Roberto Young With Majority Nod Bermane Stiverne Eager To Step in, Face Deontay Wilder
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement