It’s not just MGM’s Derry Mathews who will be in the ring on Saturday night in the ECHO arena in Liverpool; also fighting in a sensational fight card is MGM’s Liam Smith who will face Argentina’s David Ezequiel Romero for the Vacant WBO Intercontinental Light-Middleweight Championship. And Joe Selkirk and Iain Butcher are also in on the action. Liam has been hard at work since his last TKO victory on 6th March and is expecting to add another title to his name. “I am looking forward to picking up another title and moving up the rankings a spot or two,” he said.
“This is the first time I jumped into another camp straight after a fight with no injuries. I’m in a good place, both mentally and physically”. And Liam is already looking to the future, “I’m excited to see what my manager and promoter come up with after I have beaten Romero!” he said. Joe Selkirk, who is now fully back from injury and ready to push on to take his career back to where he wants to go. The super-welterweight will be fighting to retain his undefeated status against Spaniard Yuri Pompilio (7-9-2).
Selkirk is confident but not complacent, he has studied Pompilio and thinks he can beat him, “He’s a tough kid”, he said “he seems raw and awkward so I will take my time with him, box him a few rounds, break him down and then take him out”. And it has just been confirmed that Iain Butcher is fighting after all. He is facing Brett Fidoe (4-14-2) over 6 rounds. The Scottish flyweight was due to be fighting for the vacant British title against Luke Wilton, but Wilton withdrew on Monday citing a shoulder injury.
It’s been an emotional week for many but Butcher although disappointed not to be fighting for a title is happy to be stepping into the ring, “I am happy and thankful to be on the show, it’s been a hard 10 week camp and I don’t want it to go to waste” he said “I’m disappointed it’s not for the title as I feel the shape I’m in I would beat any flyweight they put in front of me! But I’m feeling great and looking forward to Saturday”.
It has been a rollercoaster week for MGM’s Derry Mathews who has now had his opponent for Saturday night’s fight in Liverpool changed for the 3rd time! Originally he was supposed to be fighting for Richar Abril’s WBA belt but the Cuban pulled out for the second time. Venezuelan Ismael Barroso then stepped in at short notice to compete for the Interim WBA World Lightweight Championship but unfortunately his visa to the UK was denied. So Mathews is now up against Canadian Tony Luis, and he will still get his chance to contest a world title.
Luis is the current WBS Continental Americas champion and is WBA ranked #9, he is bringing a 19-2 record to the ring. Mathews is philosophical “It’s obviously not ideal”, he said “But I am going to keep my dream alive, I will be capturing a version of the world title this weekend in front of my home crowd”. Mathews is going to put his 12 weeks of hard training to good use “I prepared for 3 different styles now, so I’m ready for whatever he throws at me”. MGM are behind him all the way…..