Mathews wins WBA interim title after points win over late sub Tony Luis
Derry Mathews (38-9-2, 20 KOs) won the Interim WBA lightweight title after a hard-fought, unanimous points decision over late replacement David Luis (19-3, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
Mathews saw Cuba's Richar Abril twice pull out of their world title fight due to illness and and just this week replacement Venezuelan Ismael Barroso was forced to pull out after failing to obtain a visa.
Mathews made the brighter start against his Canadian opponent and utilised his long reach to keep Luis contained behind the jab while landing a decent uppercut at the end of the second round.
The Liverpool lightweight continued to control the fight, but Luis showed plenty of aggression and kept coming forward, making life difficult for Mathews, landing a good uppercut at the end of the sixth.
Luis' pressure and non-stop punching was beginning to tell on Mathews, who was more and more often going to the ropes and he was penalised for a low blow in round eight, before Luis was punished for use of the head.
Luis took the fight to Mathews, who fought well off the ropes and was getting in the cleaner shots as both men began to visibly tire and former British and Commonwealth champion Mathews was handed a 114-112, 114-112, 115-112 decision.
Other results on the card:
Liam Smith W David Ezequiel Romero TKO 7
Iain Butcher W Brett Fidoe PTS 8
Joe Selkirk W Yuri Pompilio TKO 6
Josh Leather W Ryan Hardy PTS 6
Steven Lewis W Reece Smith TKO 1
Andrew Cain W Patrik Bartos TKO 2
Macaulay McGowan W Arvydas Trizno PTS 4