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 Video: Badou Jack Talks James DeGale Unification, More Photos: Shakur Stevenson Sports TMT Hat at Homecoming Parade Video: J. Mayweather Discusses Mayweather vs. Pacquiao II Ian Tims Joins MGM, Will Return Soon Chocolatito vs. Cuadras: Ryan Martin Added To The Card Video: Peralta on The Journey From Cab Driver To Contender Video: Robert Guerrero Reflects on Shocking Loss To David Peralta Langford Not Bothered By Trash Talk From Eubank Jr. and English Kovalev's Promoter: Tickets For Ward Bout Are Reasonably Priced Photos: Miguel Marriaga, Jose Felix Get Big Knockout Wins Golovkin's Promoter on Carl Froch: You Can't Force Guys To Fight Photos: David Peralta With Cinderella Shocker of Robert Guerrero Golovkin's Coach: We'd Fight Andre Ward, But He Can't Make 168 Frank Warren Smiles: Chris Eubank Jr. Can't Run Away This Time! Hernandez Will Head Back To 154 After Stunning Alfredo Angulo Hammer Backs Klara Svensson To Defeat Mikaela Lauren Daniela Bermudez Stuns Mariana Juarez in Mexico City Shields Leaves Door Open For Third Olympic Gold in 2020 Mayweather: They Ask a Thousand Times - I'm NOT Coming Back! Guerrero Claims Robbery: I Clearly Won, 116-112 Score Was Crazy! Peralta: I Was a Cab Driver, Now I Beat Robert Guerrero! Miguel Marriaga Blasts Out Robb, Jose Felix Crushes Frankel Yazmin Rivas Earns Debatable Split Nod Over Jessica Gonzalez David Peralta a Ghost Buster, Stuns Robert Guerrero in Upset Win Rod Salka Returns To Beat a Game Savi, Devin Haney Wins Isaac Dogboe Impressive, Dominates Neil John Tabanao Freddy Hernandez Shocks Alfredo Angulo With Big Decision Win Terrell Gausha Snags Tough Decision Win Over Steve Martinez Avni Yildirim Dominates Aaron Pryor Jr. Over Ten Rounds Cuadras To Chocolatito: I'm Good, I'm Very Handsome, I'll KO You Euro News: Imre Szello, Lauren vs. Svensson Card, Pierre Madsen Promoters Coming Together To Fight New Laws in New York Juan Francisco Estrada vs. Kazuto Ioka is Likely Purse Bid Bound Kovalev vs. Ward T-Mobile Arena Ticket Information Liam Smith: I Can Take Canelo's Shots, I Want To Test His Chin! Tommy Morrison's Son Aims To Impress on ShoBox Kovalev-Ward Deal Finalized For Vegas; Announcement Soon Anthony Joshua's Ring Return: Manchester is The Frontrunner Whyte vs. Sexton Plans Canned, Could Be Dereck Chisora Next Robert Frankel Ready: Jose Felix is a Very Winnable Fight
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement