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Mathews stuns Crolla

Derry Mathews pulled off a big domestic upset last night with a sixth round stoppage of up and coming and highly rated Anthony Crolla at the Oldham Sport Centre.

Crolla, who was on track for a possible showdown with Ricky Burns, was highly fancied to have a little too much for the always game but thought to be on the slide Mathews, whom was coming into the fight on the back of a draw and loss in his last two outings.

In the opening rounds, Crolla looked to be the favourite many had made him out to be seemingly unable to miss with his sharp jabbing, constantly rocking the head back of Mathews. Round three was following a similar pattern until two big uppercuts in succession put Crolla on the seat of his pants, the Mathews fans erupting into life. Crolla climbed to his feet to receive an eight count, Mathews jumped straight on from then and Crolla appeared to want to fight it out despite members of his corner calling for him to hold. Despite his brave heart tactics Crolla did have some success of his own in the third, a right hand in the middle of what seemed a never ending exchange appeared to rock Mathews and ease the pressure for a brief moment in time.

The knockdown completely changed the future of the fight as rounds four and five and six turned into a tremendous battle with Crolla bringing the fight still but being hit hard by Mathews on his way in, resulting in Crolla having a deep cut  on his left eye and blood trickling from a smaller cut under his right. The sixth carried on as the others had been before it, both guys leaving the range finding punches in the locker and choosing to unload with everything they had, Mathews again showing to be the one with more power by hurting Anthony early on into the round.

What will no doubt be a debated stoppage came right at the end of the sixth round, Crolla who had twice been taken to the Dr to check on his cuts was pulled by the referee sending the Mathews fan wild. Some might consider it harsh mostly due to the very few seconds left in the round, it is hard to know with such a fight taking place before him if the referee could of been aware of this.

For me, I am not sure if Crolla would of gone on long enough to take the fight into the later rounds where his pressure maybe would of told, the more the fight went on the more Mathews punches seemed to have more an effect on Crolla than the ones Crolla was returning with. What could/should/would of happened is what viewing fans will now take on to talk about, but regardless of opinions on the decision let nothing be taken away from Mattews and the fight the two of them put on.

Given how this fight turned out I don’t think there would be any complaints if a rematch was made, but for it to live up to fight one both guys would have their work cut out. As it stands Mathews career many thought was coming to an end might just have been given the boost very few thought possible, a tremendous performance and an even better result for him. Crolla will be disappointed, no doubt. He will of fancied the job as much as many fancied him to carry it out but he has shown great heart and determination and after a performance he put in, it is unlikely we will not see him come back stronger.


Askin vs Dickinson
John Dickinson wound up winning a comfortable and impressive unanimous decision of previously unbeaten prospect Matty Askin. In what was thought to maybe be the fight of the night, it was Dickinson who showed the more skill and composure keeping Askin at distance with his jab and preventing him from ever sustaining an attack.

Askin had moments but they were few and far between. Dickinson was able to spoil late on and the frustration shown on the tired and beaten up Blackpool man. Dickinson looked to never lose track of his game plan and took home a very comfortable unanimous decision along with the English cruiserweight title, finishing the fight with a very impressive 41% landing percentage.

Dickens vs Vornonin
James Dickins outworked and beat his defensive minded opponent to claim a fourth round stoppage and his 10th pro career win. Voronin protested the stoppage, but despite never really appearing to be hurt, his lack of offense was not sufficient to be allowed to carry on.

Dickens style is fun to watch and he does now allow opponents much time without being in their face, however his lack of power struck me as cause for concern. Despite landing some very powerful looking flush shots, he was unable to put his opponent down for an eight count. At ten fights in, it is perhaps no big worry but as he moves up through the levels this could become a big problem for a lad who loves to bring the fight.

Steven Foster Jnr vs Miguel Aguilar
In a different to advertised fight, Steven Foster won a UD over changes opponent Miguel Aguilar. Foster had his man down and hurt early on but was unable to find the stoppage which became less likely as the fight went on and Foster’s evident frustration grew. A unanimous point decision victory for Foster all the same.

Little vs Jenkinson
Ricky Hatton trained Adam Little was made to work hard in a good six round contest early in the night. Despite shipping some decent punches and getting a bloodied nose, Little came through a convincing 60-55 winner on referee Alvin Finche’s score card.


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