By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star
DERRY MATHEWS has vowed his fight on Saturday with Terry Flanagan will NOT be a snoozefest like Carl Frampton versus Scott Quigg was two weekends ago.
Frampton outpointed Quigg in the all-British, much-anticipated world super-bantamweight title unification clash in Manchester that failed to live up to the hype.
But Mathews, 32, has vowed to make his shot at Manchester’s WBO world lightweight champion Flanagan an exciting showdown at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.
The Scouse scrapper hopes to be inspired by home advantage in his 50th professional bout after a rollercoaster career.
He said: “[That] fight would have put a glass eye to sleep and it was a terrible fight. But we will give everyone value for money, whether they are there in the arena or watching on TV.
“I’m not going to get another chance and I’m grateful for the opportunity at the title.
"I’m not going to get another one so I’ve got to do whatever I can do to get it, whether it’s to go to war or box steady. I know I’m going to win and I think our styles are going to clash nicely.
“You never stop learning and over the years I’ve had my ups and downs but I’m at the peak of my career now and knocking on the door.
“I’ve had to be a different fighter over the last two or three years and I’ve improved 50 per cent.
“I won ABA titles as an amateur – it’s about getting it back out of me and I’m boxing more now than I perhaps did a few years ago.
“But I’ve also matured. I look after my body better. I’m a personal trainer and I don’t go out boozing.”
Now with his sights firmly set on Flanagan, 26, Mathews added: “If he wants to scrap, I’ll scrap. If he wants to box, I’ll box. Terry always starts fast and he’s very fast so I have to make sure I do what I do right and adapt and adjust.
“It’s my 50th professional fight and it’s a massive bonus that it’s in my home city.
I’d fight in a park if I had to but my fans will generate a lot of noise and that will help me.”
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