World Title challenger Derry Mathews has issued a warning to Terry Flanagan: “All the work is done, we’re ready!”
The WBO World Lightweight contest has been long in the making and promises to be a brutal clash this Saturday night, live on BoxNation.
“He’s a proper Champion, a good fighter. That’s why I’m in the sport, to fight the best,” explained the 32 year old.
Speaking to iFL TV at yesterday’s media day, Mathews revealed: “I was interim champion but I vacated that belt to fight better opposition, I do rate Terry – but when I beat him, I don’t want him to make excuses.”
It’s a landmark fight in Derry’s career, he makes his 50th outing of a pro boxing journey that started back in January 2004.
“I’m over the moon, I’m fighting for a World Title in my own city. Not many fighters get to fight for a World Title. Frank Warren has delivered the goods.”
‘Turbo’ previously played down it was destiny that Mathews’ half a century milestone was to fall alongside a World Title shot, but ‘Dirty Derry’ believes it’s his time to shine.
“When you first turn professional, you want to be a Champion. I’ve won ten titles, but this is for the World Title. I’m expecting a tough, tough fight. He’s one of the best Lightweights in the World. That’s why I’ve prepared my best.”
Team Mathews insist the defending Champion wasn’t too keen on fighting at the Echo Arena and concede home advantage.
“It’s a big help the fight is here, he didn’t want to come to Liverpool. What more could I ask for?”
With all the training finished, Mathews can now focus on Thursday’s press conference and concentrate on making weight at Friday’s weigh-in.
“I want to thank the fans for spending their hard earned money to come and watch me,” the challenger passionately stated.
Derry Mathews’ World Title shot against Terry Flanagan is live on BoxNation this Saturday night, subscribe to the channel to see all the action unfold!
Watch the full interview with Derry below: