Derry Mathews vs Anthony Crolla – 30/03/2013

Location – Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK

vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) lightweight title

These two rematch in what was a really decent domestic dust up last time out with both trading off more often than not, Mathews got the TKO win in the last bout however many felt the referee stopped the fight prematurely at the end of the 6th round, perhaps as Crolla was still coming back with offense of his own but he had taken a lot of clean punches throughout the fight and was badly cut, so you can argue both cases.

The reason he had taken a lot of punches was Mathews was able to take full advantage of Crollas lack of upper body and head movement during tradeoffs and with Crolla choosing to adopt a high pressure, Mathews never had to look far and was able to land heavy shots each time, he caught Crolla with a peach of an uppercut in the 3rd round and although Crolla came back bravely it seemed to turn the fight in Matthews favour 

Interestingly Mathews looked like he could box Crolla at times in that fight, utilising a good jab and good movement. however the thing that concerns me with Mathews more and more is he always looks so fragile, he is susceptible to cuts and injurys and this alone makes him risky to back and Crolla can dig a bit and has a fairly mean body shot in his armoury. 

A very difficult pick this one and i have swayed back and forth but Matthews has been stopped on numerous occasions and i feel if Crolla learns from his mistakes from the first fight he can get his revenge here possibly via a stoppage on a battle worn Mathews, neither have set the world alight since they met last year with poor showings in Prizefighter.

I am going for Crolla to put things right in this fight, he is the younger more fresher and perhaps more hungry fighter and has a good skill set and should have enough to turn things in his favour.

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Bankroll 

£5000 – £30 Crolla any method 5/6 Betfred and £20 on 9/4 Crolla by KO/TKO 9/4 Betfred 

£2500 – £15 Crolla any method 5/6 Betfred and £10 on 9/4 Crolla by KO/TKO 9/4 Betfred 

£1000 – £6 Crolla any method 5/6 Betfred and £4 on 9/4 Crolla by KO/TKO 9/4 Betfred 

£500 – £3 Crolla any method 5/6 Betfred and £2 on 9/4 Crolla by KO/TKO 9/4 Betfred