Derry Matthews Headlines York Hall

Liverpool hotshot Derry Matthews heads to London's famous York Hall for the second defence of his WBU World Featherweight Championship on Saturday 13th October. The classy 23-year-old, who is one of the leading candidates for the prestigious Boxing Writers' Young Boxer of the Year award, takes on undefeated East Ender Matthew Marsh to be televised live on Setanta Sports..

Matthew's is delighted to headline at the home of London boxing and as a big Beatles fan he hopes to get to see the world famous Abbey Road!

"It's great to be the main event in the capital for the first time in my pro career and especially at the Mecca of London boxing which is the York Hall. Like all mad Beatles fans, I will of course be going to Abbey Road for a quick photo after I've beaten Marsh!" Said Matthews.

"As I'm going into his backyard, I know Marsh will have a strong local following but I will also bring a good crowd with me so it will create an electric atmosphere that will blow the roof off the historic venue,"

"I've seen quite a bit of Marsh through the amateurs and have followed him through the pro ranks and he is a real good kid,"

"He will be fighting in front of his home fans so he will really up for the fight and give it his all but I reckon that I'm going to be good for him and will bust him up,"

Matthew's, known as the Golden Boy, is unbeaten in 18 fights with half his wins coming by knockout. He was a stellar amateur winning 2000 Junior Olympics and 2002 ABA title and as a pro won the English title. He shot to prominence with a commanding performance over Stephen Foster Junior - who also features on the undercard - to win the WBU crown.

His last fight was a gruelling blood-fest against Scotsman John Simpson in March when he retained his title in the first defence on points.

His exciting style has attracted a star-studded fan base that includes Liverpool FC players Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher who he hopes will be ringside supporting him on the big night.

He added, "Steven and Michael are big pals of mine and they try and make it to all of my fights. Liverpool haven't got a game on the day and are at Portsmouth on Monday night so they might be able to make it down which would be fantastic support for me."

The card will also see the return of Nicky Cook following his brave challenge for the WBO World Featherweight title last month; Stephen Foster Jnr on his campaign for a rematch against Matthews; 2006 Commonwealth Games Champion Jamie Cox; top prospects Vinny Mitchell, Grant Skehill and Eddie Cocoran; Sports Network's latest heavyweight signing Sam Sexton plus the pro debut of Billy Saunders.

Tickets, priced at 40 and 60, are available from Sports Network Box Office: 01992 550 888 or online at

Article posted on 21.08.2007

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