After originally being scheduled to box Cuban Richar Abril in place of original challenger Anthony Crolla, Mathews and promoter Frank Warren have had a nightmare week getting a fight on after Abril pulled out of the contest for a SECOND time a week ago (the first in March) and late replacement Ismael Barroso of Venezuela suffered visa problems that meant he too had to withdraw.
BoxNation will air a stunning triple-fight card live and exclusive this Saturday night with knockout artists Lucas Matthysse and Ruslan Provodnikov facing off, Derry Matthews taking on Tony Luis for the interim WBA world lightweight title and Terence Crawford up against Thomas Dulorme for the vacant WBO light-welterweight crown.
Fight # 1 – 18:30 hrs – 4 X 3 Minute Rounds International Flyweight Contest
ANDREW CAIN 8st 2lbs 4oz (114lbs) vs. PATRICK BARTOS 8st 3lbs 4oz (115lbs)
Fight # 2- 4 X 3 Minute Rounds International Light-Middleweight Contest
McCAULEY McGOWAN vs. ARVYDAS TRIZNO
Derry Mathews will now face Canadian Tony Luis for the Interim WBA World Lightweight Championship at the Echo Arena, Liverpool, on Saturday night after Ismael Barroso failed to obtain a Visa.
“I didn’t know the odds were 7-1 against me, or I would have bet on myself!” laughed Canadian lightweight Tony “Lightning” Luis (19-2, 7 KOs).
photo by David Spagnolo/Main Events – Seven to one underdog Tony “Lightning” Luis handed hyped lightweight Karl “Dynamite” Dargan his first loss with a unanimous ten round decision on an ESPN 2 Friday Night Fight card at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
WBA number 13 Canadian Luis (19-2, 7 kos) out fought Dargan (17-1, 9 kos) from the second round on and it was a long night for the Philadelphian who entered the ring rated no. 15 IBF and no. 31.
The 5’9 Naazim Richardson trained Dargan took the first round as Luis fell short with most of punches following his rangier opponent around.
The much-anticipated main event featured Philadelphian Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (17-1, 9 KOs)* against Tony “The Lightning” Luis (28-5, 18 KOs) for the WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Championship.
Ontario, Canada: When Tony “The Lightning” Luis (18-2, 7 KOs) steps into the ring on Jan. 30 at Foxwoods Resort Casino to face undefeated Philadelphian Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (17-0, 9 KOs) many will consider him the opponent in their battle for the WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Championship but Luis feels he has already proved he has the perseverance and resilience to give Dynamite a run for his money.