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Mathews takes WBA lightweight title
19 Apr 2015 13:01
Derry Mathews has won the interim WBA lightweight title after being handed a unanimous points decision over Tony Luis in Liverpool.
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Mathews saw Richar Abril twice pull out of a fight due to illness to be stripped of the belt and just this week replacement Ismael Barroso was forced to pull out after failing to obtain a visa.
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Luis was drafted in at the last minute and while the Canadian will have won a lot of fans with his relentless style, he did not win over the judges and Mathews was handed a 114-112, 114-112, 115-112 decision.
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Mathews made the brighter start and kept Luis contained behind the jab while landing a decent uppercut at the end of the second round.
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The Liverpudlian continued to still largely control the fight but Luis showed plenty of aggression himself, coming forward and making life difficult for Mathews, landing a good uppercut of his own at the end of the sixth.
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Luis' pressure and all-action style was beginning to tell on Mathews, who was more and more often going to the ropes and both men were deducted a point in the eighth, Mathews for a low blow and Luis for use of the head.
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Luis was in the ascendency in the closing rounds and looked to be pulling some points back on the cards but it was not enough as Mathews was handed a tight decision after a thrilling encounter.
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